The Literary Belfast iPhone App

Mobile App Development

Unquestionably, Belfast now attracts global literary renown and over the past four decades this has been its foremost imaginative export.

Michael Longley, Derek Mahon and the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney emerged in the sixties, and are known across the world as some of the finest poets writing in the English language.  A prolific new generation of poets & novelists are coming through and the Literary Belfast iPhone app will soon be available to download.

You can get the app for free here : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/literarybelfast/id438409199?mt=8

As part of Belfast’s literature strategy, and building on the success of the Belfast Music app, Filmtrip created the Literary Belfast app.  We have been privileged by the selection of writers who have agreed to take part in this piece of social & cultural history.  We have 15 writers for 15 locations, and our literary ‘guide’ and humble advisor, Glenn Patterson, has been keeping us on the straight and narrow through this project & the interviews.  Thank you to Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Marie Jones, Leontia Flynn, Owen McCaferty, Bernard MacLaverty, Frank Ormsby, Sinead Morrissey, Patricia Craig, Martin Lynch, Ciaran Carson, David Park, Colin Bateman, Paul Muldoon & Glenn Patterson.

The sections for this app include :

- Literature Tour : Belfast through writer’s eyes.  15 writers at 15 locations talk about the inspirations, their lives and their literature, sharing a living literary history
- New & Reviews : The latest news and reviews on N.Irelands literary events & writers
- BBC Poets & Writers Exhibition : 26 of N.Irelands finest talents displayed for all to see
- Videos : A selection of interviews and readings from past events

From the splendour of City Hall or the lives commemorated in Writer’s Square to back alleys and quiet suburban streets across the city where the finest of our writers lived, you will get to share in this experience through the tour.

Brian Moore, that unquiet exile, moved from Belfast to all corners of the globe, in life and in fiction, while illustrious visitors from John Keats to E.M. Forster, Anthony Trollope to Kate O’Brien, have entered the city and written about what they’ve seen and heard. Literary Belfast is very much alive, with a multitude of events, festivals and venues which will take you to places old and new, through history and the changing modern city alike.

While working as a tutor at Queen’s Seamus Heaney formed part of the famous Belfast ‘group’ of writers with Michael Longley, Stewart Parker, Ciaran Carson and many others. Their successors include Frank Ormsby, Tom Paulin and Gerald Dawe whilst Medbh McGuckian, Sinead Morrissey and Leontia Flynn, write at Queen’s today. Another Queen’s alumni, Paul Muldoon, is now one of the world’s most acclaimed poets and a Pulitzer prize winner, while brilliant short story writer Bernard McLaverty graduated in the 1970’s. Many years previously, Louis MacNeice, one of Northern Ireland’s finest poets, grew up on the Malone Road near Queen’s.

Creator of the Narnian Chronicles, CS Lewis wrote many of the haunts of his east Belfast boyhood into the magical series, while acclaimed novelist Brian Moore, author of the ‘The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne’ grew up in north Belfast.

Today, a new generation of Belfast novelists are spearheaded by Glenn Patterson and Robert McLiam Wilson, whose 1996 novel ‘Eureka Street’ was televised by the BBC. Colin Bateman’s black comedy ‘Divorcing Jack’, set in Belfast at the end of the troubles, has also been filmed. Acclaimed and award winning playwrights Owen McCafferty and Daragh Carville have written for both stage and screen.

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The Literary Belfast iPhone App

Gawain Morrison from Filmtrip is interviewed on Good Morning Ulster for the Literary Belfast iPhone app.