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06Kathleen Jamie20160103

Kathleen Jamie reads from her new book of poems for Paul Farley.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

06Kathleen Jamie2016010320160109 (R4)

Kathleen Jamie reads from her new book of poems for Paul Farley.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

06Sam Riviere And Emily Berry2015122720160102 (R4)

Paul Farley hears new poems from two new poets, Sam Riviere and Emily Berry.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

06Sam Riviere And Emily Berry2015122720160102 (R4)

Paul Farley hears new poems from two new poets, Sam Riviere and Emily Berry.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0701Simon Armitage in the Somme20160626
0701Simon Armitage in the Somme20160626

New poems by Simon Armitage inspired by the battle of the Somme.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0701Simon Armitage in the Somme2016062620160702 (R4)

New poems by Simon Armitage inspired by the battle of the Somme.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0702Sharon Olds20160703
0702Sharon Olds20160703

Paul Farley hears some new odes from Sharon Olds.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0702Sharon Olds2016070320160709 (R4)

Paul Farley hears some new odes from Sharon Olds.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0703Craig Raine20160710
0703Craig Raine20160710

Paul Farley meets Craig Raine at his home to hear new and old poems from a famous Martian.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0703Craig Raine2016071020160716 (R4)

Paul Farley meets Craig Raine at his home to hear new and old poems from a famous Martian.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0704Tracy K Smith and Patricia Lockwood20160717
0704Tracy K Smith and Patricia Lockwood20160717

Paul Farley hears from two young American poets: Tracy K Smith and Patricia Lockwood.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0704Tracy K Smith and Patricia Lockwood2016071720160723 (R4)

Paul Farley hears from two young American poets: Tracy K Smith and Patricia Lockwood.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0801Matthew Hollis and Fiona Sampson20161204

Paul Farley hears new poems from Matthew Hollis and Fiona Sampson.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0801Matthew Hollis and Fiona Sampson2016120420161210 (R4)

Paul Farley hears new poems from Matthew Hollis and Fiona Sampson.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0802Daisy Fried and Brenda Shaughnessy20161211

A mix-tape of new poems from two American poets: Daisy Fried and Brenda Shaughnessy.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0802Daisy Fried and Brenda Shaughnessy2016121120161217 (R4)

A mix-tape of new poems from two American poets: Daisy Fried and Brenda Shaughnessy.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0803Tom Pickard and Denise Riley20170101

New year, new poems, veteran poets: Tom Pickard and Denise Riley.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0803Tom Pickard and Denise Riley2017010120180630 (R4)

New year, new poems, veteran poets: Tom Pickard and Denise Riley.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0803Tom Pickard and Denise Riley20170101

New year, new poems, veteran poets: Tom Pickard and Denise Riley.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0804Matthew and Michael Dickman20170108

Twin American poets Matthew and Michael Dickman read poems and talk about brotherliness.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0804Matthew and Michael Dickman2017010820170114 (R4)

Twin American poets Matthew and Michael Dickman read poems and talk about brotherliness.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0901Simon Armitage and Ted Hughes's Paper Round20170402

Paul Farley hears poems from Simon Armitage and follows Ted Hughes's boyhood paper round.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0901Simon Armitage and Ted Hughes's Paper Round2017040220170408 (R4)

Paul Farley hears poems from Simon Armitage and follows Ted Hughes's boyhood paper round.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0902Crude Poems: Making Poetry after the Torrey Canyon20170409

Paul Farley, in Cornwall, hears the poetry of oil spills 50 years after the Torrey Canyon.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0902Crude Poems: Making Poetry after the Torrey Canyon2017040920170415 (R4)

Paul Farley, in Cornwall, hears the poetry of oil spills 50 years after the Torrey Canyon.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0903Who's There, by Greta Stoddart20170416

Paul Farley hears a new radio poem, Greta Stoddart's Who's There, set in a care home.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

0903Who's There, by Greta Stoddart2017041620170422 (R4)

Paul Farley hears a new radio poem, Greta Stoddart's Who's There, set in a care home.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Andrew Motion20171203

Paul Farley hears Andrew Motion read excerpts from a new long poem about his parents: Essex Clay. The first part tells the story of his mother's riding accident and slow death.

And we pay tribute to the late Sarah Maguire: highly-acclaimed poet, and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre. From BBC archive we hear her reading her poem The Florist's at Midnight

Producers: Tim Dee and Melvin Rickarby.

Paul Farley hears Andrew Motion read from a new poem about his parents: Essex Clay.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Andrew Motion2017120320171209 (R4)

Paul Farley hears Andrew Motion read excerpts from a new long poem about his parents: Essex Clay. The first part tells the story of his mother's riding accident and slow death.

And we pay tribute to the late Sarah Maguire: highly-acclaimed poet, and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre. From BBC archive we hear her reading her poem The Florist's at Midnight

Producers: Tim Dee and Melvin Rickarby.

Paul Farley hears Andrew Motion read from a new poem about his parents: Essex Clay.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Darkness Visible20171217

Visual artist Sam Winston spent a week living in total darkness, recording the experience in a series of 'blind' drawings. He later invited three poets to undertake 'darkness residencies', asking them to write new work in response to the experience.

Paul Farley visits Sam's installation at the Southbank Centre to spend time in the dark himself, and to hear the resulting poems by Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley is in the dark, with poets Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Darkness Visible2017121720171223 (R4)

Visual artist Sam Winston spent a week living in total darkness, recording the experience in a series of 'blind' drawings. He later invited three poets to undertake 'darkness residencies', asking them to write new work in response to the experience.

Paul Farley visits Sam's installation at the Southbank Centre to spend time in the dark himself, and to hear the resulting poems by Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley is in the dark, with poets Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Ocean Vuong and Mark Pajak20171210

Paul Farley meets the Vietnamese-American poet and essayist Ocean Vuong, who was awarded the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his remarkable debut collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds at the 2017 Forward Prizes, and who is shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize. And talks to Manchester-based Mark Pajak, a rising talent to watch, about his pamphlet Spitting Distance.

Ocean Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of "32 Essential Asian American Writers". Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst. He is currently at work on his first novel.

Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been awarded a Northern Writer's Award, an Eric Gregory Award, first place in The Bridport Prize and has been commended in the National Poetry Competition. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate's Choice and is published with smith

doorstop.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley meets poets Ocean Vuong and Mark Pajak.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

10Ocean Vuong and Mark Pajak2017121020171216 (R4)

Paul Farley meets the Vietnamese-American poet and essayist Ocean Vuong, who was awarded the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his remarkable debut collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds at the 2017 Forward Prizes, and who is shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize. And talks to Manchester-based Mark Pajak, a rising talent to watch, about his pamphlet Spitting Distance.

Ocean Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of "32 Essential Asian American Writers". Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst. He is currently at work on his first novel.

Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been awarded a Northern Writer's Award, an Eric Gregory Award, first place in The Bridport Prize and has been commended in the National Poetry Competition. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate's Choice and is published with smith

doorstop.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley meets poets Ocean Vuong and Mark Pajak.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

1101The Long Take2018040820180414 (R4)

Paul Farley meets the poet Robin Robertson, and hears extracts from his new book-length poem, The Long Take.

1946. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he walks the streets of New York, we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties.

While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it - yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.

Reader: Kerry Shale
Producer: Mair Bosworth
Sound Design: Rebecca Ripley and Mair Bosworth.

Poet Robin Robertson shares extracts from his new noir narrative, The Long Take.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

1102Caroline Bird and Kaveh Akbar2018041520180421 (R4)

'My assigned counsellor told me I used
poetry to hide from myself, unhook
the ballast from my life; a floating ruse
of surreal jokes.'

Paul Farley brings together two poets working on opposite sides of the Atlantic whose latest work explores addiction and recovery with surrealism and dark wit. Caroline Bird's fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, while the Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar's debut collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf was published in the UK in early 2018 to great acclaim.

Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley meets poets Caroline Bird and Kaveh Akbar.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

'My assigned counsellor told me I used
poetry to hide from myself, unhook
the ballast from my life; a floating ruse
of surreal jokes.'

Paul Farley brings together two poets working on opposite sides of the Atlantic whose latest work explores addiction and recovery with surrealism and dark wit. Caroline Bird's fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, while the Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar's debut collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf was published in the UK in early 2018 to great acclaim.

Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Paul Farley meets poets Caroline Bird and Kaveh Akbar.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

1103Sean Borodale2018042220180428 (R4)

Sean Borodale and Holly Corfield Carr share poems in the caves of the Mendips hills.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

Sean Borodale and Holly Corfield Carr share poems in the caves of the Mendips hills.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

1104Gillian Clarke2018042920180505 (R4)

A visit to Gillian Clarke's home in Wales, with poems from her latest collection, Zoology.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

A visit to Gillian Clarke's home in Wales, with poems from her latest collection, Zoology.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

12Carol Ann Duffy2018102120181027 (R4)

Carol Ann Duffy shares poems from her final collection as Poet Laureate.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

Carol Ann Duffy shares poems from her final collection as Poet Laureate.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

12Fiona Benson2018101420181020 (R4)

Poet Fiona Benson takes Paul Farley to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe and shares new work from her forthcoming collection Vertigo + Ghost - poems of domestic life set against the backdrop of horrific world events, and of depression, motherhood and renewal.

Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.

With music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

Fiona Benson shares poems from her forthcoming collection, Vertigo & Ghost

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

Poet Fiona Benson takes Paul Farley to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe and shares new work from her forthcoming collection Vertigo + Ghost - poems of domestic life set against the backdrop of horrific world events, and of depression, motherhood and renewal.

Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.

With music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

Fiona Benson shares poems from her forthcoming collection, Vertigo & Ghost

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

12Live From The Contains Strong Language Festival2018100720181013 (R4)

Jacob Polley, Caroline Bird, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Mary Jean Chan share poems about beginnings, arrivals and coming of age in a special episode of The Echo Chamber recorded in front of a live theatre audience at the BBC Contains Strong Language festival in Hull.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

A special episode, recorded live at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

Jacob Polley, Caroline Bird, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Mary Jean Chan share poems about beginnings, arrivals and coming of age in a special episode of The Echo Chamber recorded in front of a live theatre audience at the BBC Contains Strong Language festival in Hull.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

A special episode, recorded live at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

12Terrance Hayes And Danez Smith2018102820181103 (R4)

Terrance Hayes and Danez Smith, two of the most exciting voices in American poetry, share poems of rage and tenderness, and talk about Trump and race, oppression and love.

Terrance Hayes' American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is a sequence of 70 sonnets written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency. These are poems haunted by the USA’s past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Danez Smith's work explores blackness, queerness, violence and love.

Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections, including American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, How to Be Drawn, which received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

In September 2018, Danez Smith became the youngest ever winner of the Forward Prize for best poetry collection, for their book Don't Call Us Dead. Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

Terrance Hayes and Danez Smith, two of the most exciting voices in American poetry.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry

Terrance Hayes and Danez Smith, two of the most exciting voices in American poetry, share poems of rage and tenderness, and talk about Trump and race, oppression and love.

Terrance Hayes' American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is a sequence of 70 sonnets written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency. These are poems haunted by the USA’s past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Danez Smith's work explores blackness, queerness, violence and love.

Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections, including American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, How to Be Drawn, which received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

In September 2018, Danez Smith became the youngest ever winner of the Forward Prize for best poetry collection, for their book Don't Call Us Dead. Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

Terrance Hayes and Danez Smith, two of the most exciting voices in American poetry.

Paul Farley presents a series showcasing the best of the latest poetry