GAME POETRY IN MOTION
A DESIRE to make poetry more accessible has led Karen Lowry to create an online poetry game. The SAE Institute lecturer created the game Chamberlain Street as part of her digital poetry PhD at Curtin University. The interactive game has the user reading poetry to discover the culprit of a crime in a suburban street. Dr Lowry said digital poetry was becoming more common. “When I started there wasn’t much interest in digital poetry because people asked why make it harder for people to read but I believe in this interactive form, it is easier to read,” she said.
“This is the biggest digital work that I’ve done, I’ve previously created a chatbot that people could talk to and I’ve done Twitter poetry too.”
Dr Lowry said she was able to complete the technical aspects of the website by herself.
“My husband is a software developer so it’s been great to go to him when I’ve got a creative idea but Chamberlain Street was the most challenging work I’ve done,” she said.
“There was some code with lots of complicated Java script, and lots of little things to take care of.
“It was fun to create though, especially creating some of the characters and the reasons they may have committed the crime.”
Dr Lowry said the poetry game was launched at the National Young Writer’s Festival in Newcastle during September.
“It went well, there was about 80 people at it compared to about 20 people two years ago when I first talked about it,” she said.
“It shows there is renewed interest in digital poetry and it could widen the scope of what’s possible.”
Burswood resident Karen Lowry says digital poetry is becoming more common.