May 19, 2022

Poetic Places is a New App (Free) From The British Library

From a British Library’s “Digital Scholarship” Blog Post by Sarah Cole, the current Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BL:

Poetic Places is a free app for iOS and Android devices and the main outcome of my work as Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the British Library, funded by CreativeWorks London.

Poetic Places brings poetic depictions of places into the everyday world, helping you to encounter poems and literature in the locations described, accompanied by audiovisual materials drawn from archive collections.

Utilising geolocation services and push notifications, Poetic Places can let you know when you stumble across a place depicted in verse. Alternatively, you can browse the poems and places as a source of inspiration without travelling to them.


Poetic Places aspires to give a renewed sense of place, to bring together writings and paintings and sounds to mean more than they do alone, and to bring literature into your everyday life in unexpected moments.”

Learn More About the App: Direct to Complete Blog Post

Direct to iOS Version

Direct to Android Version

See Also: Cool Projects: The British Library Has a New “Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence”, Will Work on Poetry + Smartphone + Geolocation Project (July 21, 2015)

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