insearchoflosttim.net is a magical musical digital novella by Chris Meade. It’s about a boy in the 1960s, his alter ego, the superhero Lord Tim, adventurer in the 21st Century, and a woman at her laptop in 2008. Told in 30 blog pages including cartoons, songs and puppetry, it was described by The Independent on Sunday as “a jeu d’esprit and, just possibly, the future of fiction.” Chris will present sections of the novella using a Futurizer made of cardboard and balsa wood, the interweb, a ukulele and the puppet of Lost Tim. Then he will ask visitors to contribute their own writings and drawings of how they pictured the future when they were young for a paleofuturistic comic book.
Chris Meade is Director of if:book UK, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book. He’s currently writing a transmedia novel about how we live with our nearly lives, nearlyology.net, part of a practice-based PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University. Chris is also a member of Academy Inegales, a group of collaborating musicians. He has been CEO of the Poetry Society and Booktrust, has been published by Penguin, performed at the Edinburgh Festival and commissioned by the BBC to write a sitcom that was nearly produced. He has an M.A. in New Media Writing.