24 Jul 2019 | Jack Lowe

Walking Simulators: An Introductory Workshop

Earlier this month at the Digital Geographies Research Group Annual Symposium, whose theme this year was ‘Geographies of Gaming and VR’, I ran a workshop introducing those attending the event to the group of video games known as ‘walking simulators’. This was an opportunity for the academics to try a type of game that they were less likely to be familiar with, making use of six PCs/consoles in the room with the games Dear Esther, Gone Home, The Stanley Parable, Everybody’s Gone...

06 Mar 2019 | Jack Lowe

Call for Papers: Geographies of Gaming and VR

The third annual RGS-IBG Digital Geographies Research Group Symposium will be taking place at the University of Birmingham on 3 July 2019 examining ‘geographies of gaming and VR’.Since Atari released Pong in 1972 the video game industry has e...

30 Nov 2018 | Jack Lowe

Landscape Surgery: Literary Geographies

I originally wrote and published this post on the Landscape Surgery blog of the Social, Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Landscape Surgery is a fortnightly seminar ...

24 Sep 2018 | Jack Lowe

The Timekeeper’s Return: The Reveal

It’s finally time to talk about what I’ve been spending nearly all of my days working on since early July, and it feels fantastic, because I have some very exciting news to share.On 20th October, the opening day of the Canterbury Festival, a mixed-real...

31 Jul 2018 | Jack Lowe

Life Update, July/August 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a ‘Life Update’ post on this blog that told of the trials and tribulations I had undergone since the end of 2016, when I started the process of applying for funding to do a PhD. I explained how I successfully received...

28 Feb 2018 | Jack Lowe

Unfinished Cities: Canterbury

It was a grey Saturday afternoon in September, and I was walking into Canterbury city centre. Heading to the public library in an attempt to get some work done, I took my usual route from Canterbury East train station: crossing the grassy oasis of the...

31 Jan 2018 | Jack Lowe

Exhume

They’ve capped the shaftsTo the mines of hell Rust and brick remain Empty shellNew houses spring upAt the roadsideFresh plots at the graveyardFilled, in time I crouch at the graveside Your stone cage ‘Forever in our hearts’ Words worn away Those untold...