The Secret Language of Desire

The Secret Language of Desire is a unique electronic literature app that traces a woman’s journey from everyday life into a landscape of sensuality and desire. Merging 27 ultra-short chapters with interactive animations and sound, The Secret Language of Desire offers an intimate, alluring and surprising storytelling experience for adults.

Every chapter contains elements to enrich the narrative – objects can be touched, triggering animations and sound, or images can be rubbed off, revealing hidden contents. Written and developed by Australian digital media artist Megan Heyward, it features original sound design by Michael Finucan, and the lilting saxophone of Martin Kay. The project is optimised and available for iPads.

The Secret Language of Desire has been supported by the Australian Government through the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. It includes mature content and themes.

Available now for iPads from the AppStore. AppStore badge


Haptic effects are included throughout the Secret Language of Desire. Image from the app launch at The Gasoline Pony. Sydney.
Haptic “scratch-off” effects and interactive animations are included throughout The Secret Language of Desire.

Interactive elements

Every chapter within The Secret Language of Desire contains unique interactive elements which support the narrative and themes of the work. On screen objects – flowers, telephones, keys, photos and other items – can be touched, triggering animations and sound. Several chapters contain graphics that can be rubbed off to reveal the “hidden” content waiting underneath. Sound design enriches the animations with distinct audio elements, interlaced with original music and phrasing by saxophonist Martin Kay.