Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Lifestyle -

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.

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