Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scan the poster and hear the poet

A new Janet Frame poem poster is about to hit the streets - and I'll let the Phantom Billstickers Press Release tell the story:

Phantom Billstickers and the Janet Frame Literary Trust Present:

Scan the poster and hear the poet

 Rediscover New Zealand’s literary icon on her birthday, August 28th

 To celebrate Janet Frame's birthday, 28 August, Phantom Billstickers will be placing posters featuring her poem "Daniel" throughout New Zealand.

Look for the posters starting on Saturday the 25th of August and scan the QR code with your smart phone to hear Janet Frame reading the poem. Also look for a new book of short stories by Janet Frame, “Gorse is Not People: New and Uncollected Stories” launched on the 15th of August.

Phantom Billstickers loves Janet Frame. Ms. Frame passed away in 2004 long before the era of the smart phone. Now, a new generation of poetry lovers can hear her voice by connecting with new technology. A little bit of magic that. We hope Janet would have liked it.

Phantom Billstickers feels that QR Codes and other dynamic technology is the future of engaging people on the streets.


 You can read about the Phantom Billstickers Poems on Posters project as well at

(Personal note: In her later years Janet Frame was an enthusiastic early adopter of new technologies, and she was also very fond of gadgets, so I feel quite sure that she would have been intrigued by this new trick of changing "from manual to electric"!)

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