Edward Picot is the author of Outcasts from Eden: Ideas of Landscape in British Poetry Since 1945 (Liverpool University Press, 1997), a series of essays on Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas, Charles Tomlinson, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.  Since fall 2001, he has published a series of articles about hyperliterature in the renowned U.K. literary journal PN Review, and in March 2002 his first collection of nonlinear stories, Heronsbrook, was released on CD-ROM.


About this work:


"'Flower Story'" was inspired by my daughter Rachel, who came up with the idea that she might turn into a flower and need to be planted outside in the garden.  The original version of it (on CD, in color) was designed for her birthday present this year.  Partly because of this I never gave any thought to how it might come across on the Web until fairly late in the day.  All the images are in .JPG format, and .JPG images unfortunately take ages to download.  I bought Flash specially in an attempt to speed things up, but it wasn't enough, so eventually I decided to re-do the whole thing in grayscale, because grayscale images use much less memory than color ones.  In spite of all this, the bigger animations still take a long time to come through.  


I've added download progress-reports so that people can see how it's going, and start-buttons, so that if you go away to make yourself a cup of tea, you won't come back and find that the animation has run its course in your absence.  After the first time through, of course, everything should work instant- aneously, unless you delete your temporary web files.  I'll be publishing a color version on CD from my web site in March 2003."


Favorite works of hyperliterature:


"Girl/Birth/Water/Death" by Martha Conway;  it's the story that opened my eyes to the merits of hyperliterature.


"Nio"  by Jim Andrews. This isn't exactly literature, but never mind.


"Matthew and Jake's Adventures" by Matthew and Jake. This is hilarious, obviously written by a couple of computer geeks in their spare time, and it shows how entertaining hyperliterature can be in the hands of the unpretentious.


"Hymn to the Insect God" by Pastor Keith and John McRandle.  Creepy.




On the Web: Edward Picot homepage 


Contact: edwardpicot@beeb.net










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"Flower Story"