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01The Sound And The Fury20170626

New alternative poetry series, with Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra.

Writing, rage and the lost art of making mixtapes in the first episode of Radio 4's new alternative poetry series, presented by Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra.

In Episode 1 - The Sound and the Fury - PJ Harvey and Don Paterson talk about why writing poetry is so different to writing lyrics. The poet Kayo Chingonyi takes us record shopping to talk about the influence of music on his debut collection, Kumukanda; and the American poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood talks about filth, prudishness and anger.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Hana Walker-Brown.

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Raymond Antrobus, Miriam Nash and the best new poetry books, festivals and events.

Poets grapple with their origins in the second episode of Blast, Radio 4's new alternative poetry series featuring the best new poetry and spoken word performance.

Radio 4's poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra pays a visit to Bradford Literature Festival and to Herefordshire, for the 21st annual Ledbury Poetry Festival, to meet poets writing about difficult fathers and absent mothers, upbringings and lost parents.

Wayne Holloway-Smith on failing to lift heavy objects on his dad's building site. Miriam Nash on growing up across two houses and the difficulty of saying where you're 'from'. Roy McFarlane on growing up in the Black Country and finding out - at the age of 14 - that he was adopted. Raymond Antrobus on trying to come to terms with losing his father. And Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem-Beck on correcting her mother's broken English.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Hana Walker-Brown.

03The Kids Are Alright2017082120180120

The best new poetry and spoken word, chosen by Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra.

In this month's episode - The Kids Are Alright - Daljit talks to young poets just starting out and to poets writing about parenting, youth and the gap between the generations. He finds poems about parents letting go and about growing older, but not up. About taking advice from your gran, and dating now and then.

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, he meets Scottish poets Jenny Lindsay and Michael Pedersen and Australian poets Luka Lesson and Omar Musa who have collaborated together on a spoken word performance. He finds out about a new inter-generational poetry translation project called Mother Tongues, set up by British-Ghanaian poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley. He talks with two young poets whose work has been nurtured by The Poetry Society - SLAMBassadors UK 2016 Champion Tasnima Ahmed and Cia Mangat, one of the commended poets in the Foyle Young Poets competition. And shares new work from Sinead Morrissey and Lisa Luxx.

Blast is a new alternative poetry series for Radio 4, presented by Radio 4's poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra, recorded at festivals and events around the UK and on location with the best new poets and spoken word artists. Previous episodes have featured PJ Harvey, Don Paterson, Kayo Chingonyi, Patricia Lockwood, Raymond Antrobus, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Miriam Nash and Zeina Hashem Beck.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Hana Walker-Brown.

04Embarrassing Bodies20170911

The best new poetry and spoken word, chosen by Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra.

In this month's episode - Embarrassing Bodies - Daljit talks to poets writing about shame, offence, embarrassment and self-consciousness. With poems from Andrew McMillan, Leyla Josephine, Richard Scott, Emily Berry, Kathryn Maris and Ocean Vuong.

Blast is a new alternative poetry series for Radio 4, presented by Radio 4's poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra, recorded at festivals and events around the UK and on location with the best new poets and spoken word artists. Previous episodes have featured PJ Harvey, Don Paterson, Kayo Chingonyi, Patricia Lockwood, Michael Pedersen, Theresa Lola, Lisa Luxx, Raymond Antrobus, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Miriam Nash and Zeina Hashem Beck.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Hana Walker-Brown.

20010618

By Kevin Fegan.

A mixture of interviews with steelworkers from the Don Valley in South YORKshire, intercut with a poetic narrative by Kevin Fegan, about a man floating about a steel mill, daydreaming about his life.

With Paul Copley.

Directed by Melanie Harris.

With music by Ivan Stott.