Treehouse, the charity for autism education, has embarked on a campaign to encourage people to contribute to the world’s longest collectively-written story.
On the 30 June 2008 Nick Hornby wrote the opening 35 words of The Forever Story:
“For the first nineteen years of his life, Johnny Razor wasn’t Johnny Razor at all. He was Malcolm Weatherly, and he was born in Mile End Underground station on the night of 17th September 1940.”
The charity wants as many people as possible to contribute their 35 words to the story. For every contribution to the story via the charity’s website, Treehouse will receive £1 from telecoms company TalkTalk.
The charity aims to raise £50,000 from the campaign and is inviting well-known authors and writers to contribute as well. Richard Curtis, Tom Stoppard, and Robert Harris are amongst those who have already contributed.
The developing story can be listened to in audio format.