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Experts Debate the Future of the Book at The Hive

Residents across Worcestershire are being asked to add their say to a thought provoking debate about the future of the printed book being held at The Hive this month.

“Literacy and the Digital Age; opportunity or threat?” is a live debate taking place on Tuesday 10 December to discuss the future of digital technologies and how they are changing our culture. In what ways will they shape how and what we read and learn?

Guest speakers include; Dan Sutch the Head of Development Research at Nominet Trustand Mark Wakefield ,Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM UK will speak in favour of technology; speaking on behalf of the printed word are Glenn Storhaug, Five Seasons Press and Jacqui Rowe, Writer in Residence, Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

The debate is organised in conjunction with The RSA (Royal Society of Arts).

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at the Hive said: "The Hive embraces both the printed word & modern technology and clearly we have a very strong interest in this topic. This will be very relevant to The Hive and hopefully will stimulate some interesting discussion. We're looking forward to working with the RSA on a series of lively debates over the next 12 months and suggestions for topics from the public are most welcome. "

Carl Flint from the RSA, Worcestershire said: "Digital technologies have already had a profound impact on our lives in the 21st century, but how will they change our culture in the years to come? What is the fate of the printed word and the institutions that minister to it in the age of the internet, Kindle, and ‘the cloud’? The RSA is delighted to be teaming up with The Hive to consider these, and other questions on December 10th.”

The event takes place on Tuesday 10 December at 6pm in The Studio at The Hive. Entry is £3 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Hive, from the Level 1 information point or Level 2 Explore the Past desk. For more information visit