UK National Poetry Day uses apps, websites to spread the poetry love
October 3, 2013 | 4:18 pm
Britain’s National Poetry Day, a “a nationwide celebration of poetry” which “shakes poetry from its dust-jacket and into the nations’ streets, offices, shops, playgrounds, train stations and airwaves,” launches this year with the help of a Love Book App, available for iOS and Android for , which “presents a new anthology of timeless poems, short stories, quotes and letters, all inspired by that most noble (and most troublesome) of emotions: love.”
According to The Love Book app’s website, the app has already had a stealth launch that went viral, and is now Number One top paid app on the iPhone App Store in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Number Two in the U.S., and Number Three in China.
Various other websites, events, books, and other celebrations are all linked through the National Poetry Day page of the Poetry Society. The whole program is extensively supported by Literature Wales, the Scottish Poetry Library, and other cultural institutions. This year’s theme is water, and an animation has been released alongside the other materials.
Intriguingly, though, one of the iconic poets for this year’s celebration, Dylan Thomas, honored this year for his centenary by a reading by the Prince of Wales, is best found online through out-of-copyright collections available for download in Australia.