Creative writing student given national praise for audio poem about tech

Creative writing student given national praise for audio poem about tech

by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A TALENTED Creative Writing student described by judges as an ‘exciting writer’ has been commended in a national poetry competition.

Dylan Booth, a Masters student at Edge Hill University, won the commendation in the Crossed Lines national student competition for his audio poem entitled Lost in Google Translation.

The 22-year-old, originally from Nottingham, is thrilled that his work will now be featured alongside internationally-acclaimed writers and his own tutors in an app-based anthology, and revealed the recognition was his first poetry competition success.

“Being published in this project alongside fantastic and talented writers has boosted my confidence,” he said. “It has already encouraged me to enter my poetry elsewhere, whether in competitions or magazines, with the eventual goal of publishing my own poetry pamphlet.”

As part of the Crossed Lines project, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nottingham Trent University, students were invited to enter work on the theme of ‘calling’.

“Despite it being planned over half a year ago, the ‘calling’ theme feels very timely in the current circumstances,” Dylan added.

“My poem is not just about calling, but about technology, language and error. It celebrates the complexity and instability of human language through translation; it brings to light the eeriness of talking to a machine and how conversation is created through error, silence and breath.

“Lost in Google Translation is the sort of poem that needs to be heard through a phone receiver.”

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