First Lines

16 04 2008

First Lines is a very impressive De Montfort University project, pioneered by Kate Pullinger who is reader in Creative Writing and New Media at DMU. She has been commissioned to write the text for the scrolling LED screen at the Institute of Creative Technologies on campus, with the “briefest of briefs”: The screen must not contain any information. So she asked people to send in the first lines of books and poems that mean something to them. Pretty sweet.

My subs:
“I was standing on the bank of the Goltva waiting for the ferry-boat to come across from the other side.” – ‘the night before easter’ by Anton Chekov


“Somebody came from the Grigoriev’s to fetch a book, but I said you were not at home” – ‘At Home’ by Anton Chekov

Watch out for them on the screen. I am a sucker for Russian poets and writers, even if the complexity of their language and meaning is lost in translation sometimes.

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