We've been hard at work on an 'enhanced' ebook for the iPad, based on last year's Choose Your Own project for the Queensland Poetry Festival. In the original project, three local poets wrote a series of pieces based around specific locations within Brisbane's home of everything loud and late, Fortitude Valley. Each of the three adventures opened at the Judith Wright Centre on Brunswick Street and, from there, readers had to choose the next location and walk there to read (or listen) to the next poem.
The poets – Chris Lynch, Carmen Leigh Keates, and Julie Beveridge – not only created beautiful, evocative, and sometimes hilarious poems, they also played with the notion of choice and prompted quite a bit of what looked like aimless wandering through the Valley streets.
To adapt this locative project for the small screen, we brought in photographer Cindy Keong to the project to capture the essence of the locations for each piece. We also brought the humble hyperlink to the book. Readers can either move sequentially through the book or brave the links to jump between each location minus the heat and legwork (unless you really want to, in which case we have maps).
Titled The City We Build, the book will soon be available free from Apple's iBookstore, from the Queensland Poetry Festival's web site and here at if:book. We'll post more details of the project soon (including screenshots), but until then, here are a few images we took while recording the poets' performances.