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‘…because he believes that dreams are fragile  

 and shouldn't be disturbed.

           - Omar Musa, commissioned poet, The Disappearing  


What is The Disappearing?

The Disappearing is a free app for iPhone, iPad and smartphones that (literally) maps poetry and place. As an ongoing project, The Disappearing uncovers poetry’s invisible currents in the world around us. Using geo-location to map poetry to place, the app charts fragmentary histories, impressions and memories, encouraging readers to interact in a non-linear way. Not only is The Disappearing a pocket-sized library of poems about places, the app is also an alternative travel guide that preserves and shares experiences, emotions and ideas that vanish over time.


How Does It Work?

Initially commissioning poets Jill JonesMartin HarrisonAstrid LorangeNick Bryant-Smith and Lorna Munro to write poems in response to Sydney Living Museums’ historic sites, The Disappearing was launched with events at Elizabeth Bay House and a walking tour of The Rocks at The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012. Since then, The Disappearing has continued to commission poems and publish user-generated poetry to map spaces and memories and from Alice Springs to Adelaide, Perth to Port Arthur. As well as being a living anthology of poems about place, The Disappearing features exclusive videos of readings and interviews with a variety of poets. 


How to Submit to The Disappearing

Download the App from Google Play (currently being developed-available soon)

Download the App from Apple iTunes

How to Submit A Poem and Other Useful Information 



The Disappearing 2.0

In 2015 we are commissioning new poets to create a suite of poems that relate to sites in regional Australia. Sites may include hospitals, parks, train stations, factories or homes. To accompany the project we will interview each poet about their work and process, and these recordings will be available online. 

Making this iteration of the project unique, we will be partnering with Australian poetry publishers to re-publish poems in their collections that respond to the themes of The Disappearing. This brings positive attention to unknown poets but also publishers to create an infinite library of quality Australian poetry about place, and an unparalleled living historical resource that opens people’s eyes to parts of the country they never would have known about. 


The Disappearing Walking Tour

The Disappearing Walking Tour was held during The Sydney Wristers' Festival 2012. The Red Room Company Artistic Director, Johanna Featherstone guided the audience through Sydney to uncover its hidden poetic currents. The tour included meeting points with poets, who read poems about that location. 

The Disappearing headed north in April 2013 for the Eye of the Storm Festival, using poetry and technology to explore the Northern Territory's hidden stories. Some of the Territory's finest poets, including Michael Giacometti, Leni Shilton, Kaye Aldenhoven, Steve Hodder Watt and Penelope Drysdale, were commissioned to write new work for the app. 

Check out the video here


The Disappearing on ABC Radio National

A special Poetica feature on The Disappearing, including readings by poets Kim Cheng Boey, Adam Aitken, Rachael Mead, Andy Kissane, Kate Lilley, Omar bin Musa, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Brett Dionysius and Judi Morison.

Click here to download audio


The Disappearing Learning Resource

The Disappearing Learning Resource offers students an authentic publication mode for both poetry and descriptive writing that maps ideas and memories of place. Workshops utilising this resource allow participants to interact with this live app as well as create and publish original works that address multimodal requirements of the Australian Curriculum: English. 

School case studies:
The Disappearing at Tennant Creek Writers' Camp
The Disappearing at Blakehurst High School