Big Issue founder Lord John Bird has revealed Chapter Catcher, a new magazine with a social echo – set to improve literacy among UK readers.
The 64-page magazine features dozens of short chapters from fiction and non-fiction books, designed to give readers a taste of novels they might not have picked up otherwise. Charities that sell the magazine get half of the sales proceeds.
Lord Bird described Chapter Catcher as “a revolution in social literacy”.
Issue one of the magazine, which costs £4.99, features specially curated excerpts from writers including Stephen Fry, Virginia Woolf, Polly Clark, Richard Wiseman and Natalie Haynes.
“If we’re to solve the big issues of today – the climate crisis, poverty, short-termism – we need to start thinking differently, and that starts with reading differently,” Lord Bird added.
He hopes one section of the book, ‘in process’, will inspire unpublished writers to submit their work. “I want to encourage the growth of writing and break down the world of publishing and magazines,” he said. “It’s the beginning, in my opinion, of a new way of encountering writing and a new way of encountering reading.”