If you poetry lovers are looking for a unique and engaging way to pass this summer in Fredericton, I have great news.
Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Kathy Mac, who was inspired by the original Poetic Places app created by Sarah Cole during her time as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the British Museum, Fredericton's own Poetic Places app is set to be launched this July.
Poetic Places Fredericton (or PPF for short) uses push notifications to let you know when you are walking by an area or building which is related in some way to a poem written by a local poet.
The app is divided into four major sections: Poems, Poets, Places, and Home. Although we encourage you to get out and explore our beautiful city, after downloading the app you will have instant access to all its poems which can be read at your leisure via the Poems section. The Poets section introduces you to the brilliant minds behind these poems, including a photo, short biography, and even a selected bibliography (in case you really become a fan). The Places section provides a brief history of each location and explains their relationship to the poem and poet Kathy and I have placed there. Finally, the Home section acts as a blog through which the editor (that's me) can announce any updates made to the app and other poetry related news.
Poetic Places Fredericton is currently still in development, but will be available through the Google Play Store by the end of August for $1.99 CAN. While these proceeds must first be used to maintain the app itself, we are happy to announce that any money left over will be donated to the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick to support local writers.
So why not support your local literary scene and have fun in the process? Get out there and hunt down some poems!
Thanks for reading!
Poetic Places Fredericton Editor 2017.