Seamus Heaney: Five Fables Review

Seamus Heaney: Five Fables Review

Classic fable stories are brought to life in this animated app

Whether you have a love of literature or have a child who loves animation, the Seamus Heaney: Five Fables app is sure to become a fond favourite for all the family.

The app presents Seamus Heaney’s (Irish poet, Noble Prize winner of literature and most likely author of a fair amount of poetry you studied at GSCE English) adaptation of Aesop’s Fables by 15th Century Scottish poet Robert Henryson.

The well-known and much-loved tales, such as ‘The Two Mice’ and ‘The Mouse and the Lion’, have been enchantingly animated for all ages to enjoy. Comedian Billy Connolly lends a narration in English, while medieval expert Ian Johnson offers a rendition in the original Scottish, allowing users to seamless switch between the two.

As well as the charming stories, Five Fable users can watch videos of leading academics including the creator himself, read the original and translated text, and study the supplied academic notes to help to add context.

What makes this app particularly poignant is Five Fables (originally broadcast on the BBC) was one of Heaney’s last endeavours before his death in 2013. As five animated tales the price could be considered rather steep, but when you consider all the bonus material included, any fan of the written word is sure to get their money’s worth.

Rated 5 out of 5

Entertainment meets education in this heart-warming, story-led animation app.