About Poems in the Air

Poems in the Air is part of Northumberland National Park’s Sill Arts Programme.

Acclaimed poet Simon Armitage was commissioned to write six new poems inspired by hidden gems in England’s most tranquil national park. In doing this Simon spent time with national park rangers at their favourite places. Using the Poems in the Air app you can now follow in Simon’s footsteps.

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Using the map below, select one of our six locations to explore the park and unlock one of Simon’s poems.

How to download

The Poems in the Air app contains all of the information, maps and directions you will need to find each of the six sites and listen to Simon reading his poems in the exact places that inspired him.

Please note: routes to the poem unlocking spots are all on public footpaths or negotiated rights of way. These may be subject to change from time to time.

Download Poems in the Air on iOS or Android.

Poems in the Air

Discover the story behind the app and how you can follow in Simon's footsteps.

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Working on the Poems in the Air project gave us the opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover some of the more remote and lesser-known places in the Park. It’s amazing that there’s so much unspoilt beauty right on our doorstep and so many incredible places that none of us had even heard of before, let alone visited.