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Words in Air connects you instantly with poetry and place, in that very place - and from anywhere you happen to be.
This is a free, ad-supported version. A version without advertising is also available.
Look at poetry in an entirely new way, with Words in Air. This unique app is a self-contained poetry anthology by contemporary and classic poets, with over 60 poems linked to locations scattered across the United Kingdom. Discover the places which inspired famous poems -- ones you might already know and love, as well as places which have sparked inspiring work by a rich selection of newly, and well-established, award-winning published poets.
Tap on 'Nearest Poem' to enjoy a poem closest to your current location. Then tap into the background notes to help you understand its context. Discover even more about the poet, poem and/or place through the web link provided for each poem.
Experience how a familiar place can suddenly seem new to you, and how a new place can suddenly feel familiar, through realising that it inspired a poet!
“What a wonderful thing this is. A brilliant idea, beautifully done. Don't leave home without it.”
“A much needed way of breathing life into classic poetry in the 21st century. Through these poems being made tangible and relatable via new technology, you'll feel like you know Keats et al and their inspirations that much better, enriching your reading.”
“I travel a lot and this ap has cheered many a slow train journey. More poems and poets please.”
“A great poem can say so much more about a place than any travel guide or Wikipedia entry, and this app is a neat way to pass the time whether you're passing through those locations or just wishing yourself away from wherever you may be.”
“Check out Robin Robertson in the Hebrides - an amazing verbal feast that makes you feel giddy, literally. Or Wordsworth in London.. This is a great idea, for anyone with a love of place or travel, let alone a love of poetry. Simple and elegant in its design and function. Highly recommended.”
“A brilliant idea. Let this lovely app know where you are and it will show you a poem written in, or inspired by, a place nearby. The poems have been chosen with exquisite taste. Places and verses can be browsed with ease - a much more rewarding way to pass five minutes than yet another game of solitaire..”
* Words in Air uses your device's location abilities to find the poem nearest you.
* All poems are stored in your device - no need for network access to read them.
* If your location cannot be determined, or if you're outside the UK, use the Words in Air map to explore. No matter where you are, you can access all poems and background information. Explore this unique map of inspiration as you navigate the UK's urban, suburban and rural landscapes.
* If you're planning a trip to, or within, the UK, or if you're an armchair traveller, Words in Air offers you the same rich source of enjoyment, inspiration, and information. It's a unique digital anthology of poetry inspired by specific places.
The Words in Air project is just beginning. More places of inspiration will gradually be within your reach as we update the app with more poems.
Here are the poets, contemporary and classic, whose brilliant work you can enjoy with Words in Air:
Fleur Adcock, Julia Bird, William Blake, Charlotte Bronte, Andy Brown, Alan Brownjohn, John Burnside, Caroline Carver, Helen Dunmore, Anne-Marie Fyfe, John Greening, Jenny Hamlett, David Harsent, Judith Jedamus, Alan Jenkins, Judith Kazantzis, John Keats, Andrew Motion, Daljit Nagra, Sean O'Brien, Peter Redgrove, Robin Robertson, Fiona Sampson, Penelope Shuttle, Angela Stoner, George Szirtes, Edward Thomas, William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, Tamar Yoseloff.
- May 20, 2013 Initial release
- December 28, 2013 New version 2.0.9
- January 03, 2014 New version 2.0.10