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17 May 2016

Reading Hack Toolkit

Download the Reading Hack toolkit to get Reading Hack started in your authority. Don’t forget you can also get downloadable Reading Hack recruitment and staff materials to print locally. Get involved Follow us on Twitter If you have any questions about Reading Hack or...

17 May 2016

Reading Hack: Developing targeted work with young people

As you develop Reading Hack in your authority, you may be thinking about ways in which you can target your work with young people. In 2015 twelve library services were supported by funding from the Cabinet Office to engage targeted...

05 May 2016

Big Picture Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes hacks that use pictures, film and other media to remake reading into a piece of visual storytelling.

05 May 2016

Sound Loung Hack Pack

This Hack Pack explores the links between reading, writing and music.

03 May 2016

Reading Hack projects fund

We are pleased to tell you about a local projects fund for Reading Hack in 16/17. This will support Reading Hackers in running local projects which inspire their peers to take part in creative and cultural reading and writing activity...

25 April 2016

Remixed Reads

Cut up pages from two of your favourite books and rearrange the lines into a poem.

25 April 2016

Poetry Hacktivism

Cut up pages from magazines, newspapers or printed blogs about issues that matter to you

25 April 2016

Internet Poetry Hack

Use search terms to remix the internet into poetry.

25 April 2016

Character Hack

Cut up the dialogue of two characters in two books and make them talk to each other in a new conversation.

21 April 2016

Sound Lounge

Free write while listening to music. Do it with a friend or in a group to create a sound lounge. How do the same pieces of music influence everyone’s writing?

21 April 2016

Crisis and Creation - a Fan Fiction Hack

Write a short piece of fiction imagining a moment of crisis that led a musician to write one of their greatest songs. Don’t name the song in your piece – then see if others can guess which song the musician...

21 April 2016

Turn a Book into a Song Hack

Become a songwriter and write a song based on a favourite read.

21 April 2016

Lyric Speak Hack

Become a lyric artist and make a playlist of your own recordings inspired by a story.

21 April 2016

Novel Soundtracks Hack

Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.

21 April 2016

Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack

Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram

21 April 2016

Book Trailer Cinema

Learn new digital skills by creating a book trailer for a favourite book.

19 April 2016

Running a Reading Hack planning session

Design your Reading Hack programme to create an exciting programme of hack activities, events and projects to engage more young people in your library or school. You can use this session outline with two PowerPoints to plan activity to meet...

19 April 2016

Setting up a group of young planners

One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...

14 April 2016

Bookface Hack

Merge life and art by using a book to take clever picture of yourself. Add your bookface shot to all the bookface art out there on Instagram and Twitter.

14 April 2016

Six Picture Story Hack

Summarise the plot or motto of a book in six photos.

14 April 2016

A Thousand Words Hack

Take a photo that summarises exactly how a book made you feel.

14 April 2016

Dystopia Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes 5 hacks that engage creatively with the genre of dystopian fiction plus a Dystopian Book List.

14 April 2016

Tweet from the Future Hack

Tweet Shakespeare’s views as he wakes up one morning in 2015. Has he found a Utopia or Dystopia?

14 April 2016

Dystopian Debates Hack

Why do bestselling young adult novels seem darker now than in the past? Or do they? What’s behind the dystopia trend and why is there so much demand for it? Or has it always been this way? Hold a dystopian...

14 April 2016

After the End Hack

A hack for photography lovers. Take a picture that suggests the apocalypse has just ended. Your challenge: Include a book in the photo!

14 April 2016

Your Dystopia Hack

This creative hack is about imagining your own dystopia. What does it look like? Why and how is it different to our own world? What are the struggles and dangers for its people?

13 April 2016

Hacked Worlds hack

This hack is about Dystopian worlds. Hack a character from one dystopia into another dystopia. Write a short script about what happens next.

13 April 2016

Dystopian Covers Hack

A short fun hack that is a twist on the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Choose a book cover which you haven’t read. Decide what the dystopia might be based on the cover.

31 March 2016

Launch Night Hack Project

A Reading Hack Launch Night can serve as both a celebration of your group and activity as well as a way to promote Reading Hack and encourage more young people to get involved. Get young people planning a launch night...

31 March 2016

Shakespeare Hack Project

Shakespeare has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British.Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up...