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I wandered lonely as a... QR Code!
Wednesday 5th October, 2011

I wandered lonely as a... QR Code!
Organiser Carol Ogden

IT may look like a badly arranged chessboard but this Quick Response code could win you a Kindle!

Eight of the high-tech barcodes have been strategically placed in and around shops and buildings in the town centre of Wigan as part of a modern day treasure hunt to celebrate National Poetry Day.

National Poetry Day (Thursday 6 October) this year celebrates “games” and organisers at Wigan and Leigh’s Library Service have come up with a modern take on an old favourite to inspire people to enjoy a spot of poetry.

The trail uses QR codes, which are computer-generated and similar to barcodes, as they give information or links. In order to “read” them you need a Smart Phone or iPhone and you need to download a QR code reader, which is free. You then scan the image, the phone bleeps and a couple of lines of a poem appear, as well as the clue number and location.

Participants have one month to find all eight sections, placed in different locations around the town, but it doesn’t matter in which order they find them, as the information is then kept in the scanning history until deleted, so they can be re-read.

When all eight sections are put together in order, they make up a poem called Sporty People, by Wendy Cope.

Carole Ogden, from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Poetry can be viewed as a bit old fashioned and stuffy and we really wanted to try something new to get younger people to enjoy poetry.

“It should be a lot of fun and hopefully will get people reading and enjoying poetry.”

When participants have collected all eight, they can fill in the entry form and hand in to staff at Wigan Library or they can enter online at www.wlct.org/enter

Entries must be before 31 October 2011.

For those looking for a first clue try searching the new centre of Life off Library Street.



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