A Poem for Every Night of the Year, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, Allie Esiri and The Actors
We are delighted to announce Allie Esiri‘s latest hardback anthologies – the just released book and audiobook (read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale):
and the best-selling poetry book of 2016, which won the IBW 2017 Book award:
“This book will bring a little magic into your day and into your heart.” Helena Bonham Carter
“It is a brilliant idea to divide the year up with a poem for every night…Adults and children should read in the new year with this book and keep going.” The Observer
“Some books become lifelong treasures and A Poem for Every Night of the Year (Macmillan, £16.99), edited by Allie Esiri, will be one of them. A handsome collection, it contains not just classics by T S Eliot and Eleanor Farjeon but modern poems by Maya Angelou and Tony Mitton. It is the best book of its kind since Charles Causley’s,
and a must-have for nine-plus readers.” The New Statesman
Order A Poem for Every Night of the Year from Amazon here. It is available to ship from sites such as Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon UK, Book depository (with free worldwide shipping) and you can find it at all good independent bookshops.
“A truly awesome collection of poetry in such a beautiful new volume…we are reading it every night.” Plum Sykes, contributing editor American Vogue
A Poem for Every Day of the Year does exactly what this sort of book should do and rallies the old crowd-pleasers (Housman, Kipling and Hardy make multiple appearances), then makes occasional dashes off the beaten path to take in things such as Imtiaz Dharker’s lovely poem Crab-Apples and even one poem by that gruff bastion of inaccessibility Geoffrey Hill (Ode on the Loss of the Titanic). If you feel as though your life is lacking a bit of poetry, this is an excellent place to start. The Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Times
Allie Esiri’s Poetry Corners at The National Theatre
Friday November 25th, 2016 at The National Theatre: a thousand-strong audience came along to see Allie Esiri and award-winning actors on the Olivier stage for a wonderful evening of readings of some of the joyous, magical, dramatic and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience. This event was followed by a book signing in the National Theatre bookshop of A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Allie Esiri took the show to the Hay Festival in May 2017.
A Poem for Every Day of the Year show followed on Friday November 10th 2017 at The National Theatre in The Olivier. Joining Allie Esiri on stage to perform a selection of poems were Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan, Adjoa Andoh and Samuel West. The award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell live-drew illustrations of the poems.
Allie Esiri photo by Neil Gavin illustrated by Natasha Law
Allie Esiri is the director of iLiterature Ltd, the co-creator of The Love Book and iF Poems poetry apps, their accompanying hardback anthologies, and the new volumes – A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year.
Allie, named ‘The Poetry Powerhouse’ by Tatler magazine, is credited with taking poetry in to the digital age, puts on poetry shows with thousand-strong audiences, creates poetry apps and compiles poetry anthologies. Her apps and their accompanying books are recommended by publications as diverse as American Vogue. The Observer, The Times, Primary Times and The New Statesman. She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Jonathan Ross’s BBC Radio 2 Arts Show, and profiled by amongst others, Tatler and The Sunday Times. She was invited to meet The Queen at an event to celebrate poetry at Buckingham Palace.
Allie has created and hosted poetry events at The National Theatre, The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Hay Festival , The Soho Theatre Oldie Literary Festival and The Sunday Times/Wellington College Education Festival. Autumn 2017 includes The Cliveden Literary Festival October 2017 and The Cheltenham Literary Festival. November 10 2017 brings the launch poetry event for ‘A poem for Every Day of the Year’ at The National Theatre.
In 2011 Allie had the idea to make a poetry app, primarily aimed at getting tech-savvy kids to fall in love with the joy of poetry. Allie co-created the iF Poems app, which has 270 of the greatest poems in the English language with readings by the award-winning actors Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston and Bill Nighy. iF Poems has the honour of being selected as one of Apple’s All Time Favourite Education Apps. It has been chosen by Apple in its What’s New section, as a Staff Favourite and as a recommended educational app in various different categories. It features in The Sunday Times best apps list, The Spectator’s top ten ibooks of the year and highly recommended by The Times, The Economist and many others. In October 2012 Allie co-edited the accompanying iF book, “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility”, published by Canongate, which is now in its fifth edition. Asked about iF Poems, Helena Bonham Carter said “It’s like chocolate for the soul”.
Allie then created The Love Book app, an interactive poetry app, with readings by Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Gina Bellman and Emma Watson. A best-selling app, it has been recommended by Apple and by publications as diverse as American Vogue and The Sun newspaper. The accompanying book is available, published by Square Peg, Random House. In October 2014, Allie, who was on Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Advisory Board, invited Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to read poems from Allie’s anthology, The Love Book at Cheltenham – they played to a rapt audience of 2000 festival-goers. It was reviewed here: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cheltenham-Literature-Festival-review-Damian/story-23121754-detail/story.html
Allie was on The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Advisory Board, was The Chair of Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala from 2013 -2105 and sits on the UK Children’s Poetry Summit.
iF Poems app: “http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/if-poems/id474446630?mt=8”
The iF book: “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility”
The Love Book app: “http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/if-poems/id474446630?mt=8”
The Love Book cloth-bound anthology: “The Love Book”
A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie’s hardback anthology, which is the bestselling new poetry book of the year is called: A Poem for Every Night of the Year. With introductory paragraphs for each poem and poets ranging from Sappho to Maya Angelou, via Keats and A.A Milne, it was published 8 September 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books: A Poem for Every Night of the Year and was awarded the IBW 2017 book award.
A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Allie’s latest hardback anthology was published September 2017, by Pan Macmillan.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter reads poems on The Love Book app, iF Poems app and the audiobook of A Poem for Every Day of the Year. Helena Bonham Carter has become a household name after starring in an extraordinary number of hit movies. She won the BAFTA for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech (2010), and is a two-time Academy Award Nominee. She has been featured in cult classics including Fight Club (1999), A Room with a View (1985), and the recent box-office blowout Les Misérables (2012). Her other film-roles have included Bellatrix Lestrange in the hugely popular Harry Potter franchise, the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). In 2012, she was awarded a CBE for services to drama. In October 2015 she appeared alongside Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep in the acclaimed movie, Suffragette. And in 2016, she reprised her role as The Red Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Sacha Baron-Cohen. She is soon to be seen in Oceans 8, alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
Emma Watson launched her career as a young actress playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. She has since proved herself further by choosing eclectic roles in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013) and Noah (2014). Coming up next Emma will be on the big screen in Colonia, Regression and Beauty and The Beast. Emma discovered The Love Book app and tweeted us saying “@Allie Esiri so unbelievably obsessed with the lovebook app!such a lovely thing,thank you for putting this out into the world.#poetrylives” Soon after we had a call asking if Emma could come in to read on The Love Book app. So Emma came in to record in November. She read wonderful poems and prose from Shakespeare’s Juliet to her own favourite, Rumi.
Tom Hiddleston is now best known for playing Loki in Marvel Studios’ blockbusters Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012), the latter of which has become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time. He is set to reprise the role in the sequel to Thor, Thor: The Dark World. He also featured as F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Oscar and Golden Globe winning film Midnight in Paris (2011), directed by Woody Allen, and as Captain Nicholls in the Academy, Golden Globe and Bafta Award nominated film War Horse (2011), directed by Steven Spielberg. Before his big-screen appearances, he met with great success as a stage-actor, winning an Olivier Award for his starring role in Cheek by Jowl’s production of Cymbeline (2007). Brilliant as Roper in the BBC/AMC TV adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager (2016), he also appears as Hank Williams in the biopic, I Saw The Light. When asked why he wanted to read on The Love Book app, Tom answered, “because I love poetry, and I love poetry about love…all of the trimmings have been stripped away, and really great poets have got to the heart of the matter by using very, very few, brilliant words, to make you feel something, which, for most people, is inexpressible.”
Damian Lewis has met with enormous success for his Emmy and Golden Globe winning performance as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the TV show Homeland. Before his starring role in Homeland, he received rave reviews for his part in Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers (2001), which was awarded the Golden Globe for ‘Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television’. He is about to film the third series of his current hit TV show, Billions. He has performed at The National Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2005 he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Benedict in the BBC’s modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (2005), written by David Nicholls. Damian (and his wife) Helen McCrory (below) did a two-person show, with readings from The Love Book, at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, to a packed house of 2000 fans who laughed, cried and fell a little bit more in love with them both and the brilliance of great verse.
Helen McCrory has acted in several of the most successful film franchises of the last decade, appearing in the enormously popular Harry Potter series as Narcissa Malfoy, and in the James Bond film, Skyfall (2012), directed by Sam Mendes. She also met with success for her portrayal of Cherie Blair in the Academy Award nominated film The Queen (2006). She began her acting career on the London stage, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Rosalind in David Lan’s production of As You Like It (2006). In the last couple of years she has appeared, to great acclaim as Medea and in The Deep Blue Sea at London’s National Theatre. When asked about her involvement in The Love Book App, she emphasized how ‘wonderful’ it was to hear poems spoken, and the need to encourage ‘anything that can promote the speaking of verse’.
Gina Bellman is perhaps best known for her role in the award-winning sitcom Coupling (2000 – 2004), written by Stephen Moffat, of Doctor Who and Sherlock fame, and her starring role in Blackeyes (1989). Most recently, she delivered an award-winning performance as Sophie Devereaux, opposite Timothy Hutton in the TNT television series Leverage (2008 – 2012). In 2007, she starred alongside James Nesbitt in Jekyll. Next up, for NBC America, Gina will star in their much-anticipated new series, Emerald City. When asked to discuss her involvement in The Love Book App, Gina said the app was a ‘wonderful marriage’ of technology with ‘the intimate emotion you feel through poetry’.