The short story is based on the oldest and most enduring form of narrative in the world - that of the human desire to tell a story. We were interested to explore the possible future of the short story form and to re-imagine how it could work in the digital environment that we have come so accustomed to in other aspects of our lives.
This story includes game-like interactive elements, but is nonetheless a single narrative with a third-person narrator. The visualisation of the story gives the words centre-stage: we wanted to make something that was still very much text-based rather than simply an animation.
We hope that The Winter House, as well as being a good story, might be a useful teaching aid around issues of women's equality in the early 20th century, a topic in both History and Citizenship. It could act as a starting point for discussion, considering questions such as:
It could also be used for teaching English, by encouraging readers to participate in a relevant and exciting way by writing their own stories or interpreting existing ones - even in a mixed-media format. Why don't you:
Online resources for learning about the history of women's education and suffragettes:
Lesson plans for teaching about the suffragettes can be found here: