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Issued:05/03/12

The co-author of the Livingstone-Hope Report 2011, which prompted the government to address ICT in schools, will officially open the Games Britannia videogames education and careers festival in July.

Ian Livingstone OBE, creator of the Fighting Fantasy series of interactive adventure books, has also given the festival organisers the go-ahead to run a Fighting Fantasy themed workshop. The session, which Ian will help facilitate, will show children how interactive fiction can bring the art of story-telling to videogames.

Ian said: "Interactive fiction is becoming more prevalent in games as players look for deeper, more engaging story-telling and more scope for decision-making.

"The Games Britannia festival will give children a real look at how videogames involve writing skills and story-telling to create interactive fiction. And the Fighting Fantasy workshops will promote a passion for literature and encourage sometimes reluctant readers and writers to …read and write!"

The Fighting Fantasy series of workshops will showcase a new interactive fiction tool, created with writers and schools in mind and completely free of charge, by new creative start-up company inkle.

Created by a pair of former videogame developers, Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey, inklewriter requires no set-up, no programming and no drawing diagrams - and it enables young people to write and share interactive literature.

Co-creator Jon Ingold said: "Before founding inkle, Joe and I both worked in the video-game industry and we know first-hand the importance of events like Games Britannia, to get kids thinking about how games work and how they're made.

"It's a real treat for us to be involved, especially in collaboration with Ian and Fighting Fantasy. We can't wait to see what the students make with our inklewriter tool!"

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Ian Livingstone will also launch a brand new Fighting Fantasy title at the festival, called Blood of the Zombies.

He said: "It's been 30 years since the first Fighting Fantasy title was published, so this new book celebrates the success of the series. Blood of the Zombies will hopefully give a new generation of readers a taste of the original form of interactive fiction."

The videogames education and careers festival will take place from 2 to 8 July at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, and will celebrate the strength of the UK industry and inspire the next generation of British videogame talent. The festival includes Games Britannia: REPLAYED, which opens the Games Britannia doors to the public for a weekend of games-based learning and entertainment.

Games Britannia, incorporating Games Britannia: REPLAYED, is organised by a partnership including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, Replay Events and UK Interactive Entertainment, and is backed by industry companies including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

To find out more about the festival, visit www.gamesbritannia.com/2012