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I Totally Funniest - Songwriting Hack (Group Task)

  • Writing
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Books

What is it?

Gateshead Reading Hackers chose to read a novel and hack it by writing a song about it. They worked with local singer songwriter Phil Larry to write a song about James Patterson's novel 'I Totally Funniest' and had great fun in the process. You can see the final result on the Reading Agency website

Where will it happen?

We used one of our library community rooms, but if you know anyone with a recording studio that would be very helpful!

When is it?



A potential hacker will need their chosen novel, pens and paper to write their song, a musical instrument or a talented musician to give them a hand!

Activity log

Similarly, to the last book review hack with Tara Stewart (Photographer); a few months ago me and the other members of the Reading Hack have also been given another opportunity to work with another Creative Practitioner. As a result, "Phil Larry" - local musician and songwriter from a country style band, who helped us creating a song related to the book's story called "I Totally Funniest" by James Patterson. Our task was to convert the book into a song and thanks to Phil we've been able to do it. In order to carry this out, we've been meeting up and working with him throughout 2 sessions, where in both of them we have all contributed to the creation of the lyrics - to then let Phil compose the tune. We have been doing this by picking up key words and sentences from the book, which it kind of helped us being self-managers and at the same time team-workers, as we've been sharing our opinions and ideas around to each other - to be able to build something up. A video has been recorded on the last session, for the final completed piece of the song and it has also been shared on the Reading Activists' website and Youtube.