Pinning culture on the land

A few weeks ago I ran an event on Exmoor (more on that later) and got chatting with Christopher Jelley, lead poet behind the ‘Poetry Pin’ project.  This is a project that attracted my attention a little while back mostly because of the digital humanities element of the project, and also how landscape and language can be mutually inspiring.

Poetry Pin map
Poetry Pin website

Poetry Pin is an app that can be downloaded to your smartphone that allows you to read poems written along a walking route as you walk along the same walking route near Hinkley Point.  Using geotagging technology, the public was invited to walk the route near the power station, and then write short poems in locations along the route that inspired them.  They then submitted their poems via the app, which were then made available to other people also walking the route.

The project has now published a book of poems written and submitted to Poetry Pin: A Walk Down The Rift.  All great work over the past two years, except that now it seems the first phase of funding has ended, and like many well intentioned, interesting and innovative humanities and arts-based projects, its future depends on its continued use and support.  Such is the lot of the humanist, but I digress….

Founder Chris Jelley will be talking at Bath Spa at the Lit and Land conference at the end of March 2016, and continues to work with local schools on the project.

In the meantime, however, I urge you to take a look at the Poetry Pin website:

UPDATE: An earlier version of this blog post said that funding had ended for this project.  However, that was just phase one – so I’ve updated to make it more accurate 🙂


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