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The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 10

Did you know that Doomdark the Witchking doesn’t actually appear in the 1985 game Doomdark’s Revenge? He leaves the hard work to his sorceress daughter. So where is he, and what is he up to?

Kate Potts has the answer in today’s addition to the Play-Poem Archive, and you might not like it. The Germans have Krampus the Christmas devil, and we, it seems, have Doomdark.

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 7

Christmas is a time for following stars, and on the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive today, we’re following Simon Barraclough out into the reaches of space, with an excerpt from science-poetry collaboratorio, Laboratorio.

Meanwhile, over in my commentary, I wax on about the loneliness of the vast great yonder, with bonus Kubrick.

Blast off!

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 3

Day 3! Time to get out your exploring hat and go digging through the cultural sediments with Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon. Yes, today’s Sidekick Play Poem comes from the Team-Up Surveyors Riddles, and takes a dance with Dante.

On your way with you, and don’t forget to snag thread on wall before you venture in.

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 2

Day Two, and the next entry in the Sidekick Play Poem Archive comes from cinematic bestiary Lives Beyond Us, in the guise of Rebecca Wigmore‘s ‘The Lion Handler’s Advice to a Young Melanie Griffith’.

Melanie and Neil at home

This interactive poem includes a commentary from LBU‘s poetry editor Kirsten Irving.

Get prowlin’!

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 1

It’s time! No more lying around indolently, occasionally dispensing a beauteous volume or two – December means cranking out a new digital wonder every day for our increasingly merry audience and test subjects.

This year we’re introducing you to an experimental format: the play-poem. That’s to say, we’re launching the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive, which we aim to build, little by little, into a dazzling library of online verseketeering!

The play-poem is an adaptation of your regular print poem with a mild twist: it unfolds a step at a time on the screen, rather than appearing all at once and intact. In this way, it has something in common with hearing a poem performed, as well as an obvious connection to interactive narratives.

In the lead-up to Christmas, we’ll be publishing one a day, adapting poems from our books and adding a short commentary. Today, to kick us off, we have the poem Hobby Falcon Theory (Falco subbuteo) by James Midgley, taken from Birdbook: Farmland, Heathland, Mountain, Moorland. Click away, if you will.


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