Projects

Below are some write-ups about a few projects I’ve worked on over the last year or so.

I’m building an author website for Alison Marr, a friend’s mum who writes flash fiction and poetry. She had set herself up with a simple Wordpress site when she was on a Creative Writing course a few years ago, but this needed a bit of an update, and she also wanted a simpler way to author posts if possible. I decided that instead of rewriting the Wordpress theme she was using, I would transfer the site over to Jekyll (which I’m more familiar with), add a new clean design, and try to set up a simple CMS for her to author and edit posts.

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Flyleaf fetches events data from a number of London bookshops (currently four: Burley Fisher Books, Pages of Hackney and Pages Cheshire Street, and Libreria) – a number which I intend to add to as and when I have time. The column on the right is just placeholder copy for now, but it’ll probably be used for a couple of news items in publishing, maybe a recently published or forthcoming title from a press I tend to follow.

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As part of Side Project Summer, an initiative set up by the team behind Consonance to promote digital literacy in the publishing industry, I attempted to build a static site that interacts with the Consonance API. I had recently learned the basics of what an API is, and how to make API calls using curl and later the Ruby gem httparty, so I thought it would be useful to put these into practical application – and so, side project!

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