UK NEWS: RAPPER CHIPMUNK AND AUTHOR TERRY DEARY LAUNCH NEW MOBILE LITERACY CAMPAIGN

Author Terry Deary and Chipmunk

Rapper Chipmunk and Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary have launched a new novel written entirely on a Nokia E6 mobile phone to help encourage young people to get reading as recent figures show that one in three children do not own a book.

Entitled the “The Perfect Poison Pills Plot”, the story was penned by one of Britain’s best-selling authors of the 21st century, Terry Deary and brilliantly narrated by Chipmunk in a special video available to view on bit.ly/NokiaShortStories

Recent figures from National Literacy Trust have shown the popularity of text messages compared to more traditional formats, and the story was launched to help encourage young people, who happily spend countless hours texting, to get back to reading in a fun way.

The Nokia short story is a black comedy aimed at young adults and was inspired by the popular Japanese ‘keitai’ or cell phone short stories, which are written on mobile phones and each chapter is only 70-100 words long. They can be sent direct to a mobile phone through text messages.

Terry Deary said: “Writing a novel directly onto a phone was an interesting way to work – it’s certainly not my usual method! But I found myself enjoying it; using stolen moments on the train or bus to add to the story of “The Perfect Poison Pills Plot”. It demonstrates just how easy it can be to have a creative outlet wherever you are, particularly for today’s young adults, who are so inherently familiar with technology.”

Chipmunk added: “I’m used to writing my own lyrics but it was great to be in
front of the camera, speaking to kids who may not necessarily reach for a
physical book to kick back to. Terry’s an inspiring man to work with and I hope together we can encourage more young people to read through “The Perfect Poison Pills Plot”.”

For more information please visit: bit.ly/NokiaShortStories

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