This is a guest post by Sarah Cole, the British Library’s current Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Sarah is working on a project called Poetic Places, which explores relationships between literary geographies, cultural heritage collections, and real world environments, via the creation of a smartphone geolocation user experience that shares British Library digital content in relevant real-world locations; enabling participants to experience meaningful “poetic” connections between location, history and literature.
As the app nears completion, it’ll soon be time to release Poetic Places into the wild and let you good folk experience the result of the project.
To celebrate, we’ve decided to hold a free half-day event at the British Library Conference Centre in London on Friday 18th March 2016, starting at 13:30. We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring together and hear about a variety of projects that deal with literature, cultural heritage and place, to explore different methods and share our findings.
Five excellent speakers and myself will be taking attendees through our work, we'll also have tea (& coffee) and a short walk where I’ll invite you to install the app and come exploring the poetic places around the British Library.
We’ll be hearing from:
Sarah Cole, Poetic Places
Andy Ryan, CityRead London
Dr Giasemi Vavoula, Affective Digital Histories
Maya Chowdhry, Tales from Towpath
Dr David Cooper, Manchester Metropolitan University, on literary geographies
Jocelyn Dodd, Talking Statues
There are limited places available for this free event, so go to https://poeticplaces.eventbrite.co.uk to secure yours.
For those that can’t make it on the day, we’ll hopefully be recording the event to make it available online.
We look forward to seeing some of you then!