Continuing our tour through the shortlist for the 2015 New Media Writing Prize, why not start with the recently announced winner?
‘Take a gamble and immigrate’ is the introduction to High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, an interactive poem created by Jin Zhang, Thomas Loh, Nicola Harwood, Bessie Wapp and Fred Wah. Viewable in a web browser, it combines poetry, oral history, and short videos to explore the experience of Chinese migrants in Canada within a beautiful and restrained design. The work can be read in any order using navigation devices such as lottery cards, maps, tattoos and books.
Also shortlisted is The Fall by Alan Bigelow, an amusing short story told via a standard web browser. In it we meet John Smith—a perfect nobody and three-time recipient of the Most Boring Person in the World award—who is attempting to end it all by jumping from the roof of his apartment building. The piece concludes with an appropriately pointless quiz of which the story’s hero would no doubt have approved.
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.