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posted on 2021-12-09, 13:38 authored by Peter Anthony HebdenPeter Anthony Hebden

This is the code for the digital poem 'Newcastle Nine!'. The interface presents the user with a map of central Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, with nine location markers. Selecting each marker adds another to the poem on the right hand side of the screen.


This code repository contains the files for the poem interface, including the audio files for each individual line in the 'sound' folder.

The lines of the poem are stored within the 'map locations' object in the JS file 'js/lines.js', in the js/index.js file.

The interface's functionality is signposted by comments in the 'index.html' and 'js/index.js' files.

The code and design in this interface are adapted from the mobile applications Steps in Time, which I developed for the 2017 Newcastle Poetry Festival.

Third-party software

  • JQuery and JQuery Mobile- used throughout for UI design (MIT License - Copyright and license can be found in js/jquery-3.4.1.js and js/

  • Google Maps - used to provide the map interface. An API key is required for use - see the 'head' section of the index.html file. Terms of Use at


This code repository is part of the PhD thesis 'Poetry in Digital Media' by Peter Hebden, Newcastle University 2021. This source code is shared under the MIT License. A copy of the license is included in the root folder of this project.


AHRC NPIF PhD Studentship Award