App created for National Poetry Day

A new app featuring poetry readings from actors Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston has been released to mark National Poetry Day today (3rd October).

The Love Book App (£1.99) features actors reading famous pieces of writing on the subject of love, including works by Shakespeare and Tennyson.

Created by Allie Esiri, the app is available for iOS and Android devices, with 10% of all sales going to Save the Children.

The launch of the app is one of several poetry-related events taking place today, with readings and activities planned in locations around the country.

This morning on Radio 4's "Today" programme, the Prince of Wales read Dylan Thomas' poem "Fern Hill". Events are taking place at Wordsworth's home Dove Cottage in the Lake District, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford,and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, as well as dozens of other locations. The theme of this year's event is Water, Water Everywhere.

The first National Poetry Day was held in 1994, established by William Sieghart and supported by the Forward Arts Foundation.

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