CX Cluster Project

The Department of Hidden Stories

The Department of Hidden Stories

Encouraging interaction with books and libraries using mobile games.

2 Commercial Partners
Cumbria
1 Academic Researcher
Newcastle University

This project will explore how mobile games can be used to encourage interaction with books and libraries. Rather than attempting to encourage reading directly, the intention is that by interacting with books and exploring the library, children will serendipitously encounter books that catch their attention.

The project will involve the development of a game and mobile application that will challenge players to find books with certain themes and thread their own narratives through the books they find. The mobile app will be used to record these stories and attach them to individual books using barcodes.

Latest Project Activity

Department of Hidden Stories Field Trial

6th Mar 2013
On March 1st, we conducted our first Creative Exchange field trial in Newcastle's West End Library. Over the past six months, the Creative Exchange team has been working with creative writers from the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts to develop the Department of Hidden Stories, a mobile app designed to engage...