Calgary’s poet laureate, Derek Beaulieu, is recreating the rhythms and sounds of New York City almost without words. Once a day his Twitter project #erasingwarhol takes a page from Andy Warhol’s a, A Novel and strips out everything except punctuation and ‘sound’ words like ‘sniff’ or ‘shouting’. The result is a curious work: each page is a visual representation of the city’s commotion but overall it retains the structure of a novel.
Creator in residence at the State Library of Queensland, Matt Finch, has developed an all-ages roleplaying game based on commercial book fairs. Players form teams of mini publishing companies and explore a collection of books before competing to acquire titles and creating marketing materials for. The rules are available as a free download.
It began innocently enough. On 13 January last year, twitter user @daniel_barker posted a message that not many people had wished him a happy birthday. In response a fabulist prankster with the unlikely handle @FrogCroakley began tweeting a series of variations on the happy birthday song before launching into an extended and frequently hilarious tale filled with jelly, mutants, and emaciated clowns that continued for a full 75 days. The collected tweets were selected for the recent Kitchies award for digital fiction.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.