The Winter House - Teacher's Resources

This story was commissioned by Booktrust as part of the Story campaign, and is supported by Arts Council England.

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: