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Updated with new poems, making 100 in total!

* Take a walk with a genius -- a Romantic one at that. Observe with Wordsworth the grand ruins of Tintern Abbey, high above the River Wye.

* Enter the extraordinary worlds, sacred and profane, of Michael Symmons Roberts. Experience how he peels back the skin of the everyday in each of his brilliant 150 poems in Drysalter -- his latest of six collections.

* Meet Macdara Woods on idyllic Clare Island, in Clew Bay, off the Irish Coast. 'Everything comes here / by hand / by sea and history'.

* Swim out 'on a full tide' from Ballycastle's main pier with C.L. Dallat, the London- based poet, born in County Antrim.

* 'They are conspiring in a turnip field.' Discover who, where and why in 'The Whispering Knights' as Michael Bartholomew-Biggs draws you into the myth and history of this mysterious Neolithic site in the Cotswolds, the Rollright Stones.

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Celebrate the first anniversary of Words in Air !

Your ever-expanding mApp of inspiration pinpoints the places that have sparked one hundred powerful poems. Enjoy them! They're all in the palm of your hand, each written by a talented and visionary contemporary, or classic, poet.

This unique poetry app will find a poem that's near to where you are right now, anywhere in the UK and Ireland - or let you browse through the complete collection if you happen to be further afield.

Take a walk with a genius -- a Romantic one at that. Observe with Wordsworth the grand ruins of Tintern Abbey, high above the River Wye. Hear 'a thousand blended notes' in Somerset's Quantock Hills.

Wander in the Lake District, as Wordsworth fuses past, present and future by singling out a rainbow, daisy, yew tree, the evening star, and of course, 'A host, of golden daffodils'. Never studied Wordsworth? Read him now in the places which inspired him. Or simply imagine yourself there, and let his images 'flash upon that inward eye / which is the bliss of solitude'.

Enter the extraordinary worlds, sacred and profane, of Michael Symmons Roberts. Experience how he peels back the skin of the everyday in each of his brilliant 150 poems in Drysalter -- his latest of six collections. Drysalter won this leading contemporary poet the Costa, as well as the Forward Arts Prize. Find out from our map the surprising places which sparked his four very different poems included here and why novelist Jeanette Winterson rightly says: 'I love Michael Symmons Roberts' poetry. His work is about connection between the things of the spirit and the things of the world. And his work is about transcendence'.

Meet Macdara Woods on idyllic Clare Island, in Clew Bay, off the Irish Coast. 'Everything comes here / by hand / by sea and history'. The spare, lyrical beauty of his poem echoes the island itself. He takes you into the countryside of his childhood, and into the heart of Dublin, his native city -- the inspiration for his wry and wonderful 'We Have Given Up On Hills', from his impressive Collected Poems.

Swim out 'on a full tide' from Ballycastle's main pier with C.L. Dallat, the London- based poet, born in County Antrim. His clear-eyed view of teenage life in this seaside town with its strong sense of place, brings him -- and you -- face to face with the powerful world of childhood and those awkward in-between years. A source of creativity, it pushes and pulls you, as you leave and return throughout life.

'They are conspiring in a turnip field.' Discover who, where and why in 'The Whispering Knights' as Michael Bartholomew-Biggs draws you into the myth and history of this mysterious Neolithic site in the Cotswolds, the Rollright Stones.

Spend a stimulating afternoon at Oxford in the 'plum deep dusk' as Professor Jay Parini, American poet, novelist, and biographer of Robert Frost, questions thinker and philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin.

Words in Air invites you to enjoy a poem in the place which inspired the poet. Simply tap 'Nearest Poem' to discover the one closest to you. Not in the UK? Tap 'Surprise Me' and let us take you somewhere new! You can access all the poems in Words in Air, together with each 'About the Poet', from wherever you happen to be.

Hundreds and hundreds of people in fifty-five countries are exploring the richness of our literary landscape every day. So whether you're planning a trip, out and about, or an armchair traveller, read and re-read your favourites any time, any place.

Poets find inspiration everywhere , from intensely urban to utterly rural surroundings. We're creating a map of inspiration which will embrace all of the UK and Ireland. We hope it encourages you to explore, through the lens of great poetry, your own familiar landscape, as well as areas of the country new to you.

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App Changes

  • July 14, 2014 New version 2.1.20
  • April 16, 2014 New version 2.1.6
  • January 03, 2014 New version 2.0.20
  • December 28, 2013 New version 2.0.19
  • May 20, 2013 Initial release

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