I am in the process of wrapping this project up. In practical terms it came to an end on National Poetry Day back in October but I am working on drawing all the various pieces of the project together in order to archive them. Since this website is now my public archive (my aim is to make my published and unpublished back catalogue available in one place), here are the GIFs:
Download your FREE ebook or PDF: HashtagPoetry# – the StAnza Edition.
At the beginning of March 2016 I had the honour of being the Hashtag Poet in residence at the StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews (Scotland). The residency had three elements:
1. An installation / projection of a selection of the work I had produced over the previous year as I had developed my HashtagPoetry# project on Instagram and Twitter.
2.A DIY open workshop at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews encouraging festival attendees to make blackout / hashtag poems (see some of the results at the end of this post**).
3. Creating and posting (mostly) new work in response to the festival and its themes.
For the final element I lined up a series of pieces ready to post during my stay in Scotland and then added new work created over my three days at the festival. I will admit I did re-post a couple of older pieces just because circumstances reflected the content and they worked within the specific context of those moments but the majority of the work was created specifically for StAnza.
I have collected these 28 pieces in a FREE ebook & PDF, HashtagPoetry# – the StAnza Edition. You can sign up to download it here.
I continue to post new work as part of this ongoing project on Instagram and Twitter and am currently creating a new piece each day throughout April as part of NaPoWriMo.
** Here are a selection of blackout / Hashtag poems made by StAnza Festival attendees: