Digital Conversation: Games, Literature and Learning

A still from the game Minecraft: a pirate ship at sea

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Part of International Games Week

A panel discussion exploring how video games, such as Minecraft, can be used to engage learners of all ages with literature, libraries and museums, facilitating new understandings of and interpretations of classic literary works.

Jordan Erica Webber is our chair for the evening. Jordan is a writer and presenter, co-author of Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us, host of the Guardian's digital culture podcast Chips With Everything and resident games expert on The Gadget Show.

Our panellists include: 

• Professor Sally Bushell, from the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Sally is the Principle Investigator on the Litcraft project, where she combines an extensive knowledge of 19th century literature, with experience of building interactive literary islands in Minecraft.

• Keith Stuart, Guardian journalist, writer and author of A Boy Made of Blocks. Keith has written passionately about how Minecraft has helped his son Zac and will be talking this evening from a parent’s perspective. Keith will also be available to sign books after the panel discussion.

• Dr Lissa Holloway-Attaway, from the University of Skövde in Sweden. Lissa has collaborated with cultural organisations, where young people are invited to co-create imaginative simulations of their communities within the Baltic Sea Region in Minecraft. Another of Lissa’s collaborations is the Augmented Reality children's book app KLUB, Kiras och Luppes Bestiarium (Kiras and Luppes Bestiary), where mythical beings from books come to life in 3D. 

• Dr Björn Berg Marklund, also from the University of Skövde in Sweden, whose research specialism is digital game-based learning, educational games, 'Serious Games' and how games are used in classrooms.

In partnership with Lancaster University and International Games Week

Image from Litcraft Treasure Island


Name: Digital Conversation: Games, Literature and Learning
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £6.00
Member: £6.00
Senior 60+: £5.00
Student: £3.00
Registered Unemployed: £3.00
Disabled: £3.00
Under 18: £3.00
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