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Games Jam: Game Creation with Leeds Libraries and Leeds Museums

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Escape game being played in the library
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23 Apr 2021 1pm

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In this panel event you'll hear how Libraries and Museums engage audiences with games! From using Scratch with our Code Clubs, to creating escape room scenarios to introduce groups to the library, to writing choose-your-adventure stories in Twine.

Matt Stoppard is a Communities Librarian and ran Leeds Libraries Games Clubs for five years prior to Covid19. He likes introducing families and children to co-operative board games, especially titles by Haba, Sunny Games and Peaceable Kingdom. He also likes any games that feature storytelling – Dixit and Talisman are his favourites – and enjoys creating RPGs on Twine . Also, he’ll never turn down a game of Exploding Kittens!

Mark Kirkby is a Community Librarian at Leeds Libraries. Mark has devised both physical and print-at-home escape games for libraries. He’ll showcase some of Leeds Libraries’ escape games for both adults and children, his love of turning libraries into crime scenes, ways of taking inspiration from special collections and fiction, and how the escape game format can provide a brilliant gateway into story worlds. Together with escape games, Mark is a big fan of Gubs and thus of the Esteemed Elder.

Izzy Bartley is the Digital Learning Officer for Leeds Museums and Galleries and has a worryingly fast expanding collection of video and board games. Izzy is a huge fan of introducing more opportunities to play games, and gamification into the museum experience, no matter what the age of the visitor. Games are for everyone!

Dawn Stanley-Donaghy is a Librarian based at Central Library. For the last 10 years she has run events celebrating on all things geek! She loves hosting the weekly young adults games group (currently online), monthly Cosplay group, retro games events and our Central Library takeover event: Toshocon. She can get lost in another world painting Warhammer figures and enjoys a good game of Werewolf or Among Us.

This event is open to all but may be of particular interest to those working within a culture and learning setting.


You can also join us for a two day jam that will aim to introduce the joys of storytelling and reading by creating games inspired by the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. Create video games, board games, escape games, card games – anything you want! 

The Leeds Libraries BBC Novels programme is made possible thanks to Libraries Connected, Arts Council England and BBC Arts funding


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