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Featuring readings by Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Gina Bellman and Helen McCrory
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Allie Esiri photo by Neil Gavin illustrated by Natasha Law
Allie Esiri is the director of iLiterature Ltd, the creator of The Love Book app, the co-creator of iF Poems app, its sister hardback anthologies, and the soon-to-be-released new anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year.
Allie, named ‘The Poetry Powerhouse’ by Tatler magazine, has taken poetry in to the digital age. Her apps and their accompanying books are recommended by publications as diverse as American Vogue and The Sun! She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme., profiled by The Sunday Times, even invited to meet The Queen! She hosts Poetry Corner events at The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Soho Oldie Literary Festival and The Sunday Times/Wellington College Education Festival. This 25 November 2016, Allie will host a poetry corner at The National Theatre to launch her new book, A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Helena Bonham Carter and Helen McCrory are the first confirmed actors who will be reading from her book on The Olivier stage. In October 2014, Allie, who is on Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Advisory Board, invited Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to read poems from Allie’s The Love Book at Cheltenham – they played to an audience of 2000, and it was as if nobody could quite believe the humour and power of great poetry. It was reviewed here: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cheltenham-Literature-Festival-review-Damian/story-23121754-detail/story.html
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. Its fifth edition is to be reprinted for Autumn 2016. Asked about iF Poems, Helena Bonham Carter said “It’s like chocolate for the soul”.
Allie sits on UK’s Children Poetry Summit, The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Advisory Board, and she has been The Chair of Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala since 2013.
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”
See the links above for The Love Book app and its accompanying hardback anthology.
Allie’s new anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year will be published 8 September 2016 by Macmillan.
Helena Bonham Carter
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 will reprise her role as The Red Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Sacha Baron-Cohen.
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 can 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 is also appearing in movie theatres now, 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 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 Narcissa Malfoy, and in the most recent 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). She has just finished her acclaimed run as Medea 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’.