We are very happy to be working with several talented authors and publishers who have kindly agreed to contribute some of their stories to the iRead digital library. Their stories will then be read by thousands of school children across Europe during our upcoming pilot. You can find out more about them below (plus links to more of their amazing writing!).

Please get in touch with us (iread@ucl.ac.uk) if you are a writer and interested in being part of our project in this way.


Mark LowryMark Lowery was born in North Wales in 1979 and grew up in Preston, Lancs. Although he maintains that his upper body is of average size, many people have suggested that he has an unusually large head and stumpy legs.

His lifelong dream of playing for Everton was cruelly shattered at 18, when he realised that he was actually useless at football. Following this bombshell, he trained to become a primary school teacher. He denies that this was only so that he could be taller than the majority of people in his workplace.

Following a few years of teaching in Leeds, he studied for an MA in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. After graduating he taught at schools in Ipswich and Italy, whilst writing in his spare time. He currently works part-time at a school near Cambridge. His claims that he is “the staff-room eye-candy” have been strenuously ridiculed by all those who work alongside him.


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TextProject was founded by Elfrieda Hiebert in 2010 in California. It is a US-based non-profit web platform for teachers, parents and professionals involved in children’s literacy and English development. It comprises a library of levelled open texts for use in class, image banks for vocabulary instructions and resources on reading and spelling research.


FictionExpress_Color_HFiction Express is an innovation book platform that connect students with professional authors encouraging reading for pleasure through fun co-creation of stories. Using their votes, children are able to decide where the plot goes next, then the author will bring the most popular choice to life. Teachers are also fully supported with curriculum aligned resources.

Alex WoolfAlex Woolf was born in London in 1964. He spent most of his childhood in an attic playing with soldiers and making up stories about them. In his 20s, he rode his motorbike and travelled in America (where he nearly ended up as a barracuda’s lunch). He also did lots of dull and dangerous jobs. His worst job was washing up in a restaurant kitchen full of cockroaches!

Finally, he settled down to write books. He’s written loads of non-fiction books. Subjects he’s written about include sharks, asteroids, chocolate and the Tudors (not all in the same book). And like the boy in the attic, he still loves making up stories. He’s written stories about time travel, and one about scary shadows that come to life, and another one about a teenage ghost hunter, and many more besides. His latest is set in Shakespearean times and features a girl who is an actor and also a spy. Alex lives in Southgate, North London, with his wife, two children, and their cats, Juno and Minerva.

You can read more of Alex’s work on the Fiction Express website here.