Dig­i­tal poet at fes­ti­val

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A FIFE fes­ti­val is turn­ing to tech­nol­ogy to bring po­etry to the masses.

This year’s StAnza fes­ti­val is to fea­ture a dig­i­tal poet in res­i­dence us­ing text edit­ing tools to make po­ems out of i nter­net brows­ing his­tory in real time.

The re­sult­ing pieces are to be show­cased as phys­i­cal and sub­se­quently dig­i­tal in­stal­la­tions and will pro­vide a record of the fes­ti­val and its set­ting in time and place.

Christodou­los Makris, who was named as one of Po­etry Ire­land’s “Ris­ing Gen­er­a­tion” of po­ets in 2016, has been given the task of mak­ing pas­sages out of the dig­i­tal past, a move t hat or­gan­is­ers be­lieve will help to en­gage peo­ple with the event.

StAnza Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Eleanor Liv­ing­stone said: “An in­creased fo­cus on dig­i­tal and so­cial me­dia means we are re­ally ex­tend­ing the reach of the fes­ti­val and en­gag­ing with more peo­ple.”

StAnza lasts from Wed­nes­day March 1 to Sun­day March 5.

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