24hr book project

Gardening tools at the ready!

We’ve finished!

We’re very pleased to announce that the writing and editing has been completed within the time limit. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed their time and effort, (and in some cases their sanity) to make this happen. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support.

Buy a copy of the book!

We had a fantastic launch party at the House of St Barnabas in Soho. The champagne reception was a lovely way to mark the end of what had been a very exciting weekend.

The first 100 copies sold out in five minutes at the launch party but you can still get your hands on a copy from CompletelyNovel.com. It is on sale for £4.99 and all the profits will go towards future collaborations between the organisations involved in this project to explore and experiment with books.
Click here to view and buy a copy.

Don’t forget, you can also check out the accompanying page flip and the ning platform which feature lots of multimedia contributions to the 24hr book.

In collaboration with if:book, The Society of Young Publishers and CompletelyNovel.com, Spread the Word has commissioned The 24 Hour Book, a groundbreaking project to challenge a group of writers to write a new story about London in just 24 hours.

Who’s writing what, when?

The book will be written by a group of experienced writers working together using all kinds of online collaborative tools around the clock.
The lead writer for The 24 Hour Book will be Kate Pullinger and writers participating will include Sarah Butler, Kati Rynne Aoife Mannix, Dean Atta, Cath Drake, Ben Payne, Chris Meade, Toni Le Busque, Saradha Soobrayen and Shamim Azad. The final book will be published under a Creative Commons license and available to buy on CompletelyNovel.com.

The 24hr book will be based around a group of city centre allotments and the story will explore ideas of shared and private space and the real and imaginary barriers between a range of different city characters.

Join us online from 10am on Saturday 3 October

The writing will be going on throughout Saturday, and then on Sunday 4 October, a group of volunteer editors and publishers will move in to make the story ready for publication. You’ll be able to see that happening live too!

As well as making the book available to read online, CompletelyNovel will link directly to Print-on-Demand printers to enable hard copies of the 24hr book to be available for its launch at 6pm on Monday 5 October at St Barnabas House in Soho. Click here to find more details of the launch event and register for a ticket.

How to get involved!

Using digital technology, you will be able to follow and to contribute your ideas to the story online as it develops. Here’s how to get your hands dirty…

1. Join our open allotment on Google Documents

This will be a communally written section of the 24hr Book to which you can contribute through our open Google Document

Help us grow something amazing over there!

Keeping an eye on how things are sprouting and adding a bit of fertiliser (and weedkiller!) where necessary will be our head gardener, Kate Pullinger, helped out by other writers and editors from 24hr Book HQ in South London.

2. Follow us on Twitter

Throw in suggestions and join in the mayhem!
We will be tweeting about our progress, and writers will be using Twitter to ask for suggestions for sections that they need inspiration for.
Use twitter to ask questions about the 24hrbook, the writers and gardening in general.
Follow @24hrbook and please use the hashtag #24hrbook

You may also want to follow the following people on Twitter:
@anna_cn
@ifbook
@katepullinger
@bencpayne
@SYP_UK

3. Use your artistic skills

We would like those who are artistically minded to contribute photos, videos, music and any other type of media. These can be to inspire the writers, or as potential illustrations for the book. Our editors will choose some of the images to appear in the finished book and we will feature other media in an online page flip accompanying the 24hr Book. We’d like them to relate to the theme of the book (city centre allotments) or the project itself (creating a book in 24 hours). You can do it all remotely via the power of the interweb and it can be in whatever form you want!
Please upload all this kind of media to our ning platform so everyone can view and comment on your creations or post on twitter using the hashtag #24hrbook.

4. Calling all editors…help us edit the book

Join us from 10am BST on Sunday 4 October if you fancy offering a hand with the proofreading, copyediting and general publishing of the book.

We will be sharing as much of the process as possible, via video, photos, tweets, blogs and possibly getting someone with a loud voice shouting things out from the tops of buildings in London.

5. Join us at the launch on Monday 5 October, 6pm!

We will be launching the book from the brand new and gorgeous House of St Barnabas in Soho. There will be a champagne reception and you will be able to see highlights of the weekend’s frenetic activities. You will also be able to get your hands on a printed copy of the 24hr Book…smokin’ hot off the press.

It will be on sale for £4.99 and all the profits will go towards future collaborations between the organisations involved in this project to explore and experiment with books.
Click here to find more details of the launch event and register for a ticket.

Find out more!

If you are a writer, reader, artist or gardener…then we would love to hear from you. If you would like to hear more and get involved, keep checking this page or email 24hrbook@completelynovel.com and we will send you more details as they come.

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