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Week Five: 2 November: Film Poetry & Digital Poetry

New ways to make poems

Taught by Christine Wilks

Guest lecture by Lucy English: Film Poetry


This class will begin with a guest lecture by Lucy English on film poetry, including her current PhD project, Book of Hours, which is an attempt to create a contemporary digital re-imagining of a medieval book of hours.

Then I’ll discuss digital poetry (aka e-poetry) and how it differs from film poetry. Both forms use multi-media (e.g. text, image, sound) but digital poetry also takes advantage of the programmable nature of the computer to make poems that are, for example, interactive, generative or game-like. We’ll look at a wide range of digital poetry and also some analogue precursors to digital poetry, e.g. concrete poetry, Oulipo, cut-up and other aleatory techniques (next week we’ll explore these techniques via practical exercises too). We’ll also consider remixing as a literary technique and, in particular, I’ll discuss R3M1XW0RX, a collaborative digital poetry and art remixing website that I’ve been involved with for a number of years.

  • Create your own dynamic, animated digital poem. I’ll provide the code, you supply the words. Using a plain text editor, you’ll write into a document that includes code to display and animate your poem. In effect, you’ll be remixing with code. You’ll be able to view your poem immediately in a web browser and tweak it as much as you want.
Works/sites discussed:
Recommended reading:

See the works and sites listed above. In addition, you may also find the following articles, books, sites and works interesting:

Experimental writing & poetry, from analogue to digital:

Tools discussed:


Week Four: 26th October: Naomi Alderman

Taught by: Chris Meade.



This week guest lecturer Naomi Alderman,  author of award winning literary fiction and the Doctor Who tie-in novel Borrowed Time, talks about her highly successful – and lucrative – exercise app  Zombies! Run as well as her other digital works. We look at fan fiction, Alternate Reality Games and all kinds of digital games and fan fiction.


We’ll work in groups to plan a story deliberately designed to be listened to while doing an annoying task. Naomi says: “Exercising is one of course (would love to hear biking, weightlifting etc stories), but also tidying your house, doing your taxes, doing the washing up, doing the ironing, cooking supper, commuting on a crowded bus or tube, etc etc. Times when you like to be distracted: what story would make those things feel epic, or at least meaningful?” At the end of the session each group will present their story to the class. 

We will build on last week’s collaborative writing exercise to make our own Pastoral Symphony, working together on Google Drive, writing for 5 minutes on the subject of each of the 5 movements of Beethoven’s work, taking note of the tempo for each section.

Works/Sites discussed:

Zombies! Run (App)

Disobedience, The Lessons, The Liars’ Gospel – Novels by Naomi Alderman, published by Penguin Books

Borrowed Time, Dr Who novel, BBC Books

Week Three: 19th October: Nearlywriting


This class will begin with me talking about my ‘journey’ into new media writing; from Community Arts and the library as ‘imagination services’, literature development at the Poetry Society and Booktrust, to The Institute for the Future of the Book & if:book UK, participating in These Associations by Tino Sehgal, forming the IFSO Writers, the Nearlyology Project and Academy Inegales, a group of musicians and artists collaborating on live performance.

I’ll explain why I came to think of myself as a Nearlywriter and why Nearlywriting works for me, a practice growing out of my experience and interest in writing, comics, music, community arts and literature development. I’ll talk about my digital novella In Search of Lost Tim and the transmedia novel in progress at

We will discuss collaborative writing and build up to making a work of Nearlyology together, deciding first how to shape and ‘conduct’ it.


Working on Google docs on a piece made together about the things we’ve nearly done. Can include video and photos recorded on mobiles etc. and gathering nearlies from other students.

We’ll write for 45 mins then read and edit together.  

Works / Sites Discussed:

Projects documented on  including Songs of Imagination & Digitisation, Found; www.ifsopress.comincluding David Almond’s Story Park; HOTBOOK,

My own digital writing:  In Search of Lost Tim (; What Didn’t Quite (

Collaborative writing including

Assigned reading:

Week Two: 12 October: THE AMPLIFIED AUTHOR – The Book Turned Inside Out

Taught by: Chris Meade


This class will begin with an exploration of a range of digital possibilities for literature – multimedia, collaborative writing and reading, blogging, apps, transmedia projects involving live events…

We’ll look at how they’re changing the notion of what constitutes a literary work; the book not an object but an experience that happens to us – published ‘in people’s hearts’, how the role of publishers has changed.

We’ll discuss the options for ‘publishing’ work in different ways on different platforms and the need for amplified authors to find collaborators and support structures to help them compose work including multimedia elements and decide when they’re ‘cooked’ enough to put out into the world in whatever form seems most appropriate.

We will look at different ways to plan, describe and visualise digital and transmedia literary projects.

Works/sites discussed:

Electronic Literature – A course

Collaborative Reading
eg.; Amazon,,

Collaborative Writing
Fan fiction
A Million Penguins;  Leap! A Collaborative Novel
Jo Bell’s 53 poetry group
Miranda July, Learning To Love You More

Amplified Publishing
Siri & Me (published on Facebook)
Twitter Poems (made on National Poetry Day)

New Media Writing Prize and Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize Apps including
PRY, Morris Lessmore,
The Wasteland by TS Eliot (& Touchpress)…

Tools Discussed
Blogger Tumblr WordPress etc
Twitter – poems by Inua Elams etc
Google Docs


1) Work in small groups on ideas for transmedia writing projects then present them to the class.

2) Describe yourself as a musician would applying to join a band, what are your skills enthusiasms and influences, how would you describe your writing style as an instrument you could play with others?

3) We’ll practice together by each writing a short piece of memoir based on an embedded YouTube clip from a favourite childhood TV programme.

Week One: 5 October: CREATIVE WRITING AND DIGITAL MEDIA – an introduction to the module and the field

Taught by: Professor Kate Pullinger
This class will begin with an introduction to the module as a whole, including information on assessments, deadlines, feedback, and the nuts and bolts of the module. I’ll use to introduce the team and I will talk about the module overall, encouraging blue-sky thinking, and thinking about how the skills developed and explored can help with future employability. I’ll talk about how students can link what you are doing in this module to your work in other modules, in terms of developing ideas/characters/themes that interest you. Other things covered will include copyright, Creative Commons licenses, a detailed look at the assessments and the assessment criteria, and a number of interesting examples of work that explores what creative writing and technology can do when combined in new ways.

1. The Digital Audit – in your googledoc, list and describe the way you use digital technology
2. Blue-sky project brainstorming

Works/sites discussed:
Bath Spa Writing Centre –
class website:
online magazine:
Creative Commons: (We will follow Creative Commons best practice for attribution in the class)
Inanimate Alice Pullinger, Joseph, Campbell
Beam prototype (not available anywhere but Kate’s own phone)
Margaret Atwood: A State of Wonder – Future of Storytelling: animated video talk:
Letter to an Unknown Soldier:
Karen by Blast Theory – mobile app – free
Welcome to Pine Point – – free

Tools discussed: n/a this week

Assigned Reading:
Esmeralda Kosmopoulos, SIRI AND ME:!siri-and-me/ch26
Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro, PRY:

Recommended Reading:
The above websites listed in ‘Works discussed’ is your recommended reading. As well as that you could look at the following books and websites:
The Future of Storytelling Vimeo: this is a conference in NY; they have posted a series of very interesting videos about the future of storytelling on their Vimeo page:
Spreadable Media by Ford, Green, Jenkins (in the library)