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Image of Simon Armitage at Weavers Cottage in Northumberland National Park

A truly rare and quite brilliantly imaginative collaboration between iconic English poet Simon Armitage and the Northumberland National Park Authority has led to the launch of a new app, which seeks to use technology to bring people back to nature. The digital treasure trail of spoken poems can be accessed throughout the park, for a chance to hear Poems In The Air, six new works from the revered Mr Armitage.

Inspired by the serenity the space has to offer, the almost secret places he spent time in had his footsteps leading him places you can now follow in; while listening to the poems inspired by the sights, sounds and scents around you. Hearing these poems is going to be the only way to sample them too, with no publishing to follow, it really is back to basics, care of modern technology; as you can hear a truly talented master of his craft twist words in and out of these beautiful surroundings.

Poems in the Air is part of Northumberland National Park’s rapidly developing arts and culture programme which is supported by Arts Council England and connected to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre at Hadrian’s Wall. With maps, directions and information all contained withing the app, which was was developed by Newcastle-based creative agency TAC Design Ltd, there’s a chance for a special insight into the park through six beautiful, carefully selected locations.

The six locations featured are Dove Crag in Harbottle, Shepherd’s Cairn at Ewartly Shank near Alnham, Weaver’s Cottage in Stonehaugh, Riverside walk in Greenhaugh, The Proposal Stone at Simonside and Old Middleton near Wooler. These six beautifully tranquil and unique places all sure to stir anyone who walks through them, though it’s truly fascinating to hear what they stirred in one of our country’s finest wordsmiths.

To find out more about Poems in the Air and download the app go to or visit the Northumberland National Park website here.

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