2014’s Chair of Judges, Matt Haig, has been chosen for Kingston University’s Big Read scheme.
The scheme, which is based on similar projects in the US, was set up by Kingston University in 2015 to create a community through shared reading. The scheme sends a limited-edition copy of a book to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students, so they can start the year as part of a shared reading scheme – and become part of the Kingston community before they even arrive. This year they have chosen Matt Haig’s, The Humans.
“I’m incredibly happy that The Humans has been chosen, it’s such an honour to be part of such an initiative,” Matt said.
“I’d have loved the idea of being part of something like the Big Read when I was at university.”
This year, in addition to the circulation of a special Big Read edition of The Humans and a series of associated events for both the University and the local Kingston community, The Pigeonhole will also be serialising The Humans in ten digital installments and creating an online community.
The unique Kingston University Big Read edition will include extras such as links, images, music and videos, as well as an in-text comments function that allows readers to discuss the book with each other within the digital margins of the book itself. The partnership will allow up to a further 10,000 members of staff and existing students to join the scheme and receive a free digital version of the book.
“From the beginning, The Pigeonhole has been all about bringing people together through books, to use the power of stories to create shared experiences, online and offline,” said Jacob Cockcroft, Founder and CEO of The Pigeonhole.
“Discussing books brings so much good, and of course helps build empathy – which in a university environment with so many new faces together for the first time is a wonderful thing. This really is a fantastic and inspiring partnership and we are delighted to be able to help enhance the Big Read initiative.”
For more information visit Kingston University’s Big Read website here.