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"""""william Morris, William Shakespeare And Seamus Heaney - Summer Poems"""""20170621

Summer poems from William Morris, William Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney.

"william Morris, William Shakespeare And Seamus Heaney - Summer Poems"20170621
20/03/201820180320

Poems to celebrate the spring equinox.

A Bee By Peter Didsbury20180621

Peter Didsbury's poem, A Bee, recounts a day in the life of a man living as a bee. Surreal and unusual, the poem is accompanied by Wolfgang Buttress' "The Journey" recorded from live beehive sounds while musicians improvised an accompaniment in the key of C, resulting in a constantly changing and evolving symphony - a dialogue between bee and human.

Reader: Anton Lesser

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A playful, surreal take on the life of a man as a bee, read by Anton Lesser.

Poetry readings.

A playful, surreal take on the life of a man as a bee, read by Anton Lesser.

Poetry readings.

Peter Didsbury's poem, A Bee, recounts a day in the life of a man living as a bee. Surreal and unusual, the poem is accompanied by Wolfgang Buttress' "Into" recorded from live beehive sounds while musicians improvised an accompaniment in the key of C, resulting in a constantly changing and evolving symphony - a dialogue between bee and human.

Reader: Anton Lesser

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A Celebration Of The Autumn Equinox20180923

A celebration of the autumn equinox from the Barley Wood Cider Barn at The Ethicurean in Somerset.

A gathering of live music and poetry to mark the changing seasons and this time of transformation, abundance and decay. Joining us to sing in the season are Paul Henry and Brian Briggs who, together, are The Glass Aisle, poet and forager, Richard Osmond, poet-in-residence at National Trust's Tyntesfield, Holly Corfield Carr and National Poet of Wales from 2008 - 2016, Gillian Clarke.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

An autumn equinox celebration with live music and poetry from The Barley Wood Cider Barn.

Poetry readings.

An autumn equinox celebration with live music and poetry from The Barley Wood Cider Barn.

Poetry readings.

A celebration of the autumn equinox from the Barley Wood Cider Barn at The Ethicurean in Somerset.

A gathering of live music and poetry to mark the changing seasons and this time of transformation, abundance and decay. Joining us to sing in the season are Paul Henry and Brian Briggs who, together, are The Glass Aisle, poet and forager, Richard Osmond, poet-in-residence at National Trust's Tyntesfield, Holly Corfield Carr and National Poet of Wales from 2008 - 2016, Gillian Clarke.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A Collection Of Poems For The Summer Solstice20180624

A collection of the poems that featured throughout the day on Radio 4 celebrating the Summer Solstice.

Poets Fiona Benson, Kathy Towers and Raymond Antrobus join readers, Paapa Essiedu, Michael Sheen, Simon Russell Beale, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Siobhan Redmond and Anton Lesser with poems on the theme of summer and light.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year.

Poetry readings.

Summer poems, old and new, for the middle of the year.

Poetry readings.

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year.

A collection of the poems that featured throughout the day on Radio 4 celebrating the Summer Solstice.

Poets Fiona Benson, Kathy Towers and Raymond Antrobus join readers, Paapa Essiedu, Michael Sheen, Simon Russell Beale, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Siobhan Redmond and Anton Lesser with poems on the theme of summer and light.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A Robin, by Walter de la Mare, read by Noma Dumezweni20161221

Noma Dumezweni reads A Robin, by Walter de la Mare, as part of Radio 4's Four Seasons.

Poetry readings.

Alice Oswald - A Wood Coming Into Leaf.20170320

A poem for the first day of spring as part of a day of seasonal poetry: Alice Oswald reads her 'A Wood Coming into Leaf'. Producer: Tim Dee.

A poem for the first day of spring as part of a day of seasonal poetry: Alice Oswald reads her 'A Wood Coming into Leaf'. Producer: Tim Dee.

Alice Oswald - A Wood Coming into Leaf.20170320

A poem for the first day of spring: Alice Oswald reads her A Wood Coming into Leaf.

Poetry readings.

An anthology of poems for the new season20170326

To mark the spring equinox and the new season, an anthology of old and new poems read by actors and poets for Radio 4's Four Seasons. Poems by Charlotte Mew, William Wordsworth, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Edward Thomas are read by Juliet Stevenson, Noma Dumezweni, Ray Fearon, Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Alex Jennings and Anton Lesser. Alice Oswald, Gillian Clarke and Patience Agbabi read their own work. Producer: Tim Dee.

An anthology of old and new poems for spring read by actors and poets for Four Seasons.

Poetry readings.

An Anthology Of Poems For The New Season20170326

To mark the spring equinox and the new season, an anthology of old and new poems read by actors and poets for Radio 4's Four Seasons. Poems by Charlotte Mew, William Wordsworth, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Edward Thomas are read by Juliet Stevenson, Noma Dumezweni, Ray Fearon, Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Alex Jennings and Anton Lesser. Alice Oswald, Gillian Clarke and Patience Agbabi read their own work. Producer: Tim Dee.

An Anthology Of Summer Poems20170625

An anthology of summer poems, old and new, for the middle of the year.

An anthology of summer poems, old and new, for the middle of the year, read by poets and actors. Noma Dumezweni reads William Blake, Siobhan Redmond reads Adam Zagajewski, Katrina Porteus reads her poem 'Dunstanburgh', Alex Jennings reads Philip Larkin, Anton Lesser reads Rudyard Kipling, Bill Paterson reads Edwin Morgan, Simon Russell Beale reads Edward Thomas; Lavinia Greenlaw reads her poem 'Heliotropical', Daljit Nagra reads a new commissioned seasonal poem, Don Paterson reads his poem 'The Air', Kathleen Jamie reads her poem 'Lochan', Sinead Cusack reads William Morris, Juliet Stevenson reads William Shakespeare, and Seamus Heaney (in an archive recording) reads his poem 'St Kevin and the Blackbird'. Producer: Tim Dee.

An Anthology of Summer Poems20170625

An anthology of summer poems, old and new, for the middle of the year.

Poetry readings.

Anton Lesser Reads Coming By Philip Larkin20190320

Anton Lesser reads Coming by Philip Larkin for Radio 4's Four Seasons day of poetry

Poetry readings.

Anton Lesser reads Coming by Philip Larkin20190320

Anton Lesser reads Coming by Philip Larkin for Radio 4's Four Seasons day of poetry

Poetry readings.

Aonghas Macneacail - Excerpt From The Great Snowbattle20171221

Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail reads an excerpt from his epic poem The Great Snowbattle.

Poetry readings.

Aonghas MacNeacail has been a leading voice in Gaelic poetry for decades. As part of our celebration of the Winter solstice, he reads in both Gaelic and English, an excerpt from his epic poem about elemental conflict; the monstrous power of the blizzard, the swirling whiteness, from which emerges memories, visions, premonitions and hopes.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Aonghas MacNeacail - excerpt from The Great Snowbattle20171221

Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail reads an excerpt from his epic poem The Great Snowbattle.

Poetry readings.

Autumn20170922

poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Autumn Anthology20160922

A short anthology of autumn poems, old and new, to mark the beginning of the season. Liz Berry and Choman Hardi read their poems and Simon Russell Beale sings a Shakespeare song.

Four Seasons will return three more times through the year. These solstitial and equinoctial turning points in the seasonal year still - even in our mostly centrally heated and waterproofed lives - operate on us all and continue to drive and shape the national mood. How far into our adult lives do we feel the back to school tang of September? How keenly do we detect a clouded sky greying and weighing up for snow? Producer: Tim Dee.

Autumn Equinox20190929

Poems for the autumn equinox

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox20190929

Poems for the autumn equinox

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox Sonnet 7320190923

Paul McGann reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox Sonnet 7320190923

Paul McGann reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox The Dewstones20190923

Simon Russell Beale reads The Dewstones by Simon Armitage

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox The Dewstones20190923

Simon Russell Beale reads The Dewstones by Simon Armitage

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox: Japanese Maple20190923

Japanese Maple by Clive James

Poetry readings.

Autumn Equinox: Japanese Maple20190923

Japanese Maple by Clive James

Poetry readings.

Autumn Poems20160925

Four Seasons: Autumn Poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the equinox and the new season.

Despite our centrally heated and waterproofed lives seasonal change still operates on the country's imagination and the national mood. Poets are writing about the weather and the turning year as much as ever. New poems from Helen Mort, Zaffar Kunial, Choman Hardi, Liz Berry and Robin Robertson join celebrated and loved poems by Edward Thomas, Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Bronte, W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney which are read by Anton Lesser, Sinead Cusack and Noma Dumezweni. To end the anthology Simon Russell Beale sings Feste's bitter-sweet song, The Rain it Raineth Everyday, from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Producer: Tim Dee.

Autumn Poems20160925

Poems old and new are read by actors and poets to mark the equinox and the new season.

Poetry readings.

Autumn Poems20170924

old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Four Seasons returns with poems of autumn, old and new, read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year. Sylvia Plath, George Macbeth, AE Housman, Robert Burns and Sappho read by Harriet Walter, Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Liz Lochhead and Noma Dumezweni. Plus work by Jacob Polley, Jen Hadfield and Alice Oswald - Radio 4's new poet in residence - with a new poem specially commissioned for the day.

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Autumn Poems20170924

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

Autumn Poems20180923

Poems old and new to mark the September equinox and the new season.

Poetry readings.

Bee By Peter Didsbury20180621

Summer poems for the midpoint of the year.

Poetry readings.

Black March By Stevie Smith20180320

Poems to celebrate the spring equinox. Noma Dumezweni reads Black March by Stevie Smith.

Poetry readings.

Carol Ann Duffy - Snow20161221

Carol Ann Duffy reads her poem Snow as part of Radio 4's Four Seasons - Poems for the Winter Solstice. Producer: Tim Dee.

Carol Ann Duffy - Snow20161221

Carol Ann Duffy reads her poem Snow for the Winter Solstice.

Poetry readings.

Charlotte Mew - In The Fields, Philip Larkin - The Trees20170320

For Four Seasons: Spring a day of fresh poems old and new: Charlotte Mew's 'In the Fields' read by Juliet Stevenson and Philip Larkin's 'The Trees' read by Alex Jennings. Producer: Tim Dee.

For Four Seasons: Spring a day of fresh poems old and new: Charlotte Mew's 'In the Fields' read by Juliet Stevenson and Philip Larkin's 'The Trees' read by Alex Jennings. Producer: Tim Dee

Charlotte Mew - In the Fields, Philip Larkin - The Trees20170320

Spring poems: Charlotte Mew's In the Fields and Philip Larkin's The Trees.

Poetry readings.

Christopher Marlowe - Come Live With Me, William Wordsworth - Lines Composed In Early Spring, Louis Macneice - Nuts In May20170320

Three poems for the new season: Christopher Marlowe's 'Come Live with Me' read by Anton Lesser, William Wordsworth's 'Lines Composed in Early Spring' read by Simon Russell Beale, and Louis MacNeice's 'Nuts in May' read by Bill Paterson. Producer: Tim Dee.

Three poems for the new season: Christopher Marlowe's 'Come Live with Me' read by Anton Lesser, William Wordsworth's 'Lines Composed in Early Spring' read by Simon Russell Beale, and Louis MacNeice's 'Nuts in May' read by Bill Paterson. Producer: Tim Dee

Christopher Marlowe - Come Live with Me, William Wordsworth - Lines Composed in Early Spring, Louis MacNeice - Nuts in May20170320

Three poems for the new season.

Poetry readings.

City Lilacs by Helen Dunmore read by Tanya Moodie20200320

Poetry to mark the Spring Equinox

Poetry readings.

City Lilacs by Helen Dunmore read by Tanya Moodie20200320

Poetry to mark the Spring Equinox

Poetry readings.

Comete By Les Murray20190621

Paul McGann reads Comete by Les Murray

Poetry readings.

Poetry readings for the summer solstice.

Comete by Les Murray20190621

Paul McGann reads Comete by Les Murray

Poetry readings.

Cut Grass By Philip Larkin; The Way Through The Woods By Rudyard Kipling20170621

Summer poems: Cut Grass by Philip Larkin and The Way through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling.

Cut Grass by Philip Larkin; The Way through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling20170621

Summer poems: Cut Grass by Philip Larkin and The Way through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling.

Poetry readings.

Don Paterson - Rain20161221

Don Paterson reads his poem Rain as part of Radio 4's Four Seasons.

Poetry readings.

Dream Variations By Langston Hughes20180621

Langston Hughes' 'Dream Variations' conjures the African-American dream: freedom from prejudice, contrasting it with light and dark on this the longest day. A poignant expression of the poet's wish for a carefree life, moving and dancing until the end of a happy, hot, sunny day. Read by Noma Dumezweni.

The poem is accompanied by the music of jazz trumpeter, Don Ellis: 'Forest' from the album 'Haiku' from 1973. It evokes the dream and the dance between the trees, their light and shade.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Langston Hughes' Dream Variations, read by Noma Dumezweni.

Poetry readings.

Summer poems for the midpoint of the year.

Poetry readings.

Langston Hughes' Dream Variations, read by Noma Dumezweni.

Langston Hughes' 'Dream Variations' conjures the African-American dream: freedom from prejudice, contrasting it with light and dark on this the longest day. A poignant expression of the poet's wish for a carefree life, moving and dancing until the end of a happy, hot, sunny day. Read by Noma Dumezweni.

The poem is accompanied by the music of jazz trumpeter, Don Ellis: 'Forest' from the album 'Haiku' from 1973. It evokes the dream and the dance between the trees, their light and shade.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Edward Thomas - The Cherry Trees20170320

Edward Thomas's poem 'The Cherry Trees' read by Noma Dumezweni. A poem for spring and part of Radio 4's Four Seasons. Producer: Tim Dee.

Edward Thomas - The Cherry Trees20170320

A poem for spring. Noma Dumezweni reads The Cherry Trees, by Edward Thomas.

Poetry readings.

Edward Thomas's Adlestrop20170621

Summer poems: Edward Thomas's Adlestrop, read by Simon Russell Beale.

Edward Thomas's Adlestrop20170621

Summer poems: Edward Thomas's Adlestrop, read by Simon Russell Beale.

Poetry readings.

Edwin Morgan's Strawberries20170621

Summer poems: Bill Paterson reads Edwin Morgan's Strawberries.

Edwin Morgan's Strawberries20170621

Summer poems: Bill Paterson reads Edwin Morgan's Strawberries.

Poetry readings.

Failing And Flying By Jack Gilbert20180621

Jack Gilbert's poem, Failing and Flying, read by Simon Russell Beale, is a sparse and simple recollection of a marriage as it unravels over the course of a summer. Typical of his poems, it reads like a long, steady camera shot, in which the light becomes richer as the seconds slowly pass.

Accompanied by the music of William Grant Still, often referred to as 'The Dean' of African-American composers, this is from his piece "Moderately Slow", prelude for flute, string quintet, and piano (1962). Performed by Alexa Still on flute, Susan De Witt on piano and the New Zealand String Quartet. Lazy and relaxed, it evokes a quiet, warm afternoon.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Jack Gilbert's reflective poem for the midpoint of summer, read by Simon Russell Beale.

Poetry readings.

Summer poems for the midpoint of the year.

Poetry readings.

Jack Gilbert's reflective poem for the midpoint of summer, read by Simon Russell Beale.

Jack Gilbert's poem, Failing and Flying, read by Simon Russell Beale, is a sparse and simple recollection of a marriage as it unravels over the course of a summer. Typical of his poems, it reads like a long, steady camera shot, in which the light becomes richer as the seconds slowly pass.

Accompanied by the music of William Grant Still, often referred to as 'The Dean' of African-American composers, this is from his piece "Moderately Slow", prelude for flute, string quintet, and piano (1962). Performed by Alexa Still on flute, Susan De Witt on piano and the New Zealand String Quartet. Lazy and relaxed, it evokes a quiet, warm afternoon.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Four Seasons Poems For The Autumn Equinox20190923

Poems for the autumn equinox

Poetry readings.

Four Seasons poems for the autumn equinox20190923

Poems for the autumn equinox

Poetry readings.

Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge read by Simon Russell Beale20161221

Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge read by Simon Russell Beale for Four Seasons.

Poetry readings.

Frost At Midnight By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Read By Simon Russell Beale20161221

Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge read by Simon Russell Beale for Radio 4's Four Seasons - poems for the winter solstice. Producer: Tim Dee.

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NEWmthe first °four

NEW programmes spanning the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of spring on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

Contributors

Unknown: Phil Smith

Producer: Gillian Hush

NEWmthe first °four

NEW programmes spanning the year,

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Unknown: Phil Smith

Producer: Gillian Hush

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In the second of four programmes, spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

Producer Gillian Hush

Contributors

Unknown: Phil Smith

In the second of four programmes, spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

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Unknown: Phil Smith

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In the last programme of this series, which has spanned the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of winter on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

In the last programme of this series, which has spanned the year,

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In the first of four programmes Phil Smith records the impact of spring on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

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In the second of four programmes spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

Producer Gillian Hush

In the second of four programmes spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

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In the third of four programmes, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of autumn on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

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In the last programme of this series which has spanned the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of winter on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

In the last programme of this series which has spanned the year,

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]
Gerard Manley Hopkins - Spring20170320

A poem for the first day of a new season: 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Ray Fearon. Part of Radio 4's Four Seasons: Spring. Producer: Tim Dee.

Gerard Manley Hopkins - Spring20170320

A poem for the first day of a new season: Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Poetry readings.

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hurrahing In Harvest20160922

A poem for the beginning of Autumn - Gerard Manley Hopkins' Hurrahing in Harvest. Read by Simon Russell Beale. A celebration of fruitfulness on the autumn equinox. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.

A poem for the beginning of Autumn - Gerard Manley Hopkins' Hurrahing in Harvest. Read by Simon Russell Beale. A celebration of fruitfulness on the autumn equinox. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hurrahing in Harvest20160922

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hurrahing in Harvest. Read by Simon Russell Beale.

Poetry readings.

Gift By Czeslaw Milosz20190621

Simon Russell Beale reads Gift by Czeslaw Milosz

Poetry readings.

Gift by Czeslaw Milosz20190621

Simon Russell Beale reads Gift by Czeslaw Milosz

Poetry readings.

Heliotropical By Lavinia Greenlaw20170621

Summer poems: Heliotropical, by Lavinia Greenlaw.

Heliotropical by Lavinia Greenlaw20170621

Summer poems: Heliotropical, by Lavinia Greenlaw.

Poetry readings.

Instructions On Not Giving Up By Ada Lim\u00f3n20200320

The actor Tanya Moodie reads Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Lim\u00f3n

Poetry readings.

Jack Snipe by Jacob Polley20170922

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

Kathleen Jamie - Perfect Day20161221

Kathleen Jamie reads her poem Perfect Day as part of Radio 4's Four Seasons.

Poetry readings.

Kathleen Jamie reads her poem Perfect Day as part of Radio 4's Four Seasons - poems for the winter solstice. Producer: Tim Dee.

Late March by Richard Schiffman20200320

Richard Harrington reads Late March by Richard Schiffman

Poetry readings.

Late March by Richard Schiffman20200320

Richard Harrington reads Late March by Richard Schiffman

Poetry readings.

Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now By Ae Housman20180320

Simon Russell Beale reads AE Housman's, Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now.

Poetry readings.

Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy's Farm, The Mower To The Glow-worms, Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines20180621

Three poems to reflect on the longest day of the year before the light begins to fade. Poems about emotional distance, deep affection and hope.
Readers, Simon Russell Beale, Anton Lesser and Michael Sheen.

Accompanied by the music of Brian Eno and Harold Budd's 'First Light' from their album Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980).

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Poetry readings.

Three poems to reflect on the longest day of the year before the light begins to fade.

Poetry readings.

Three poems to reflect on the longest day of the year before the light begins to fade. Poems about emotional distance, deep affection and hope.
Readers, Simon Russell Beale, Anton Lesser and Michael Sheen.

Accompanied by the music of Brian Eno and Harold Budd's 'First Light' from their album Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980).

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Summer poems for the midpoint of the year.

Midwinter20191222

Poetry and music to see us through the shortest days of winter. With reflections on midwinter from writers Jay Griffiths (author of Wild: An Elemental Journey and Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time) and Lia Leendertz (the creator of the Almanac guides to the year in the British Isles), and astronomical insights into the winter solstice from cosmochemistry researcher Dr Tim Gregory.

With winter poems by Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ruth Fainlight, Gillian Clarke, Mark Doty, Kerry Hardie and Billy Collins. Read by Sinead MacInnes and Richard Harrington.

Producer: Mair Bosworth

Poetry, music and meditations for the shortest days of winter.

Poetry readings.

Midwinter2019122220191228 (R4)

Poetry and music to see us through the shortest days of winter. With reflections on midwinter from writers Jay Griffiths (author of Wild: An Elemental Journey and Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time) and Lia Leendertz (the creator of the Almanac guides to the year in the British Isles), and astronomical insights into the winter solstice from cosmochemistry researcher Dr Tim Gregory.

With winter poems by Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ruth Fainlight, Gillian Clarke, Mark Doty, Kerry Hardie and Billy Collins. Read by Sinead MacInnes and Richard Harrington.

Producer: Mair Bosworth

Poetry, music and meditations for the shortest days of winter.

Poetry readings.

Midwinter2019122220191228 (R4)

Poetry and music to see us through the shortest days of winter. With reflections on midwinter from writers Jay Griffiths and Lia Leendertz, and insights into the winter solstice from cosmochemistry researcher Dr Tim Gregory.

With midwinter poems by Helen Mort, Niall Campbell, Kathleen Jamie, Ruth Fainlight, Mark Doty and Billy Collins.

Producer: Mair Bosworth

Poetry, music and meditations for the shortest days of winter.

Poetry readings.

Nostos By Louise Gluck20180320

Poems to celebrate the spring equinox. Harriet Walter reads Nostos by Louise Gluck.

Poetry readings.

Now Westlin Winds by Robert Burns20170922

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

On Wenlock Edge by AE Housman20170922

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

One Day He Came Back With News by Kenneth Stevens20190621

Anton Lesser reads One Day He Came Back With News by Kenneth Stevens

Poetry readings.

Out Of Danger By James Fenton20171221

Poems to celebrate the winter solstice. Anton Lesser reads Out of Danger by James Fenton.

Poetry readings.

Out of Danger by James Fenton20171221

Poems to celebrate the winter solstice. Anton Lesser reads Out of Danger by James Fenton.

Poetry readings.

Owl, Mushrooms and a fragment of Sappho20170922

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Spring Equinox20180325

A collection of poems to celebrate the arrival of spring, longer days and new beginnings.

With poems by Robin Robertson, Stevie Smith, Louise Gluck, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, Ben Jonson, A E Housman and Patrick Kavanagh.

Radio 4's poet-in-residence, Alice Oswald reads a new poem written specially for the vernal equinox, Jackie Kay reads Life Mask and London's Young People's Poet Laureate, Caleb Femi reads his poem about how spring arrives in a concrete environment, Anti-Winter.

Readers include, David Calder, Clark Peters, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Siobhan Redmond, Bill Patterson and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

A collection of poems to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Spring Equinox20180325

A collection of poems to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Poetry readings.

A collection of poems to celebrate the arrival of spring, longer days and new beginnings.

With poems by Robin Robertson, Stevie Smith, Louise Gluck, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, Ben Jonson, A E Housman and Patrick Kavanagh.

Radio 4's poet-in-residence, Alice Oswald reads a new poem written specially for the vernal equinox, Jackie Kay reads Life Mask and London's Young People's Poet Laureate, Caleb Femi reads his poem about how spring arrives in a concrete environment, Anti-Winter.

Readers include, David Calder, Clark Peters, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Siobhan Redmond, Bill Patterson and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Poems for the Spring Equinox20200320
Poems for the Spring Equinox20200320

Four poems to end Four Seasons day of poetry for the Spring Equinox.
Siobhan Redmond reads A Little Madness In the Spring by Emily Dickinson
Simon Russell Beale reads A Blackbird Singing by RS Thomas
Richard Harrington reads In Praise of Spring by Linda Gregg
Tanya Moodie reads May by Kerry Hardie
Anton Lesser reads Sixty by Philip Booth

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Final poems to mark the coming of Spring

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Spring Equinox20200320

Four poems to end Four Seasons day of poetry for the Spring Equinox.
Siobhan Redmond reads A Little Madness In the Spring by Emily Dickinson
Simon Russell Beale reads A Blackbird Singing by RS Thomas
Richard Harrington reads In Praise of Spring by Linda Gregg
Tanya Moodie reads May by Kerry Hardie
Anton Lesser reads Sixty by Philip Booth

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Final poems to mark the coming of Spring

Poetry readings.

Poems for the Spring Equinox20200322

A chance to hear all of the poems broadcast on Friday as part of Four Seasons day of poetry celebrating the Spring Equinox

Putting In The Seed by Robert Frost read by Anton Lesser began the day on Farming Today.
Christopher Eccleston read A Northern Morning by Alistair Elliot
Menna Elfyn was the guest poet on Woman's Hour reading her poems Growth Rings and Teaching Dylan Thomas' Muse To Speak Welsh
Manchester poet Louise Wallwein wrote and read her specially commissioned poem Equinox on Front Row
City Lilacs by Helen Dunmore was read by Tanya Moodie
Richard Harrington read Late March by Richard Schiffman
Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limόn read by Tanya Moodie
Snail by Thom Gunn read by Anton Lesser
Begin by Brendan Kennelly read by Richard Harrington
A Little Madness in the Spring by Emily Dickinson read by Siobhan Redmond
RS Thomas’ A Blackbird Singing read by Simon Russell Beale
In Praise of Spring by Linda Gregg read by Richard Harrington
May by Kerry Hardie read by Tanya Moodie
Sixty by Philip Booth read by Anton Lesser

Producer: Maggie Ayre

‘Instructions on not giving up’ by Ada Limόn from ‘The Carrying’ published by Milkweed Editions.
‘Late March’ by Richard Schiffman was first published by Grey Sparrow Press and is available in the collection ‘What the Dust Doesn’t Know’ by Salmon Poetry.

Poems for the Spring Equinox

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Spring Equinox20200322

A chance to hear all of the poems broadcast on Friday as part of Four Seasons day of poetry celebrating the Spring Equinox

Putting In The Seed by Robert Frost read by Anton Lesser began the day as part of Farming Today. Menna Elfyn was the guest poet on Woman's Hour, and Louise Wallwein wrote and read her specially commissioned poem on Front Row
City Lilacs by Helen Dunmore was read by Tanya Moodie
Richard Harrington read Late March by Richard Schiffman
Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limόn read by Tanya Moodie
Snail by Thom Gunn read by Anton Lesser
A Little Madness in the Spring by Emily Dickinson read by Siobhan Redmond
RS Thomas’ A Blackbird Singing read by Simon Russell Beale
In Praise of Spring by Linda Gregg read by Richard Harrington
Sixty by Philip Booth read by Anton Lesser

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Poems for the Spring Equinox

Poetry readings.

Poems for the Spring Equinox20200322

A chance to hear all of the poems broadcast on Friday as part of Four Seasons day of poetry celebrating the Spring Equinox

Putting In The Seed by Robert Frost read by Anton Lesser began the day on Farming Today.
Christopher Eccleston read A Northern Morning by Alistair Elliot
Menna Elfyn was the guest poet on Woman's Hour reading her poems Growth Rings and Teaching Dylan Thomas' Muse To Speak Welsh
Manchester poet Louise Wallwein wrote and read her specially commissioned poem Equinox on Front Row
City Lilacs by Helen Dunmore was read by Tanya Moodie
Richard Harrington read Late March by Richard Schiffman
Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limόn read by Tanya Moodie
Snail by Thom Gunn read by Anton Lesser
Begin by Brendan Kennelly read by Richard Harrington
A Little Madness in the Spring by Emily Dickinson read by Siobhan Redmond
RS Thomas’ A Blackbird Singing read by Simon Russell Beale
In Praise of Spring by Linda Gregg read by Richard Harrington
May by Kerry Hardie read by Tanya Moodie
Sixty by Philip Booth read by Anton Lesser

Producer: Maggie Ayre

‘Instructions on not giving up’ by Ada Limόn from ‘The Carrying’ published by Milkweed Editions.
‘Late March’ by Richard Schiffman was first published by Grey Sparrow Press and is available in the collection ‘What the Dust Doesn’t Know’ by Salmon Poetry.

Poems for the Spring Equinox

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Winter Solstice20171224

Poems for the winter solstice.

Poetry readings.

A collection of seasonal poems for the winter solstice by Margaret Atwood, D. H. Lawrence, James Fenton, Bertolt Brecht, W. H. Auden, Edna St Vincent Millay and Thom Gunn. Readers are Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Siobhan Redmond, Stephen Fry, Noma Dumezweni and Simon Russell Beale. Joining them are more recent pieces read by the poets Sinead Morrissey, Aonghas MacNeacail, Gerda Stevenson and Jacob Polley as well Radio 4's poet-in-residence, Alice Oswald. And a new poem specially commissioned for the day by Imtiaz Dharker.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Poems for the Winter Solstice20171224

Poems for the winter solstice.

Poetry readings.

Poems For The Winter Solstice20181221

A collection of seasonal poems to mark the turn of the seasons

Poetry readings.

A collection of seasonal poems for the winter solstice to mark the turn of the season. Poets Caroline Bird and Vanessa Kissule join actors Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser and Siobhan Redmond to share readings of much loved and memorable verse. There is rain, snow, darkness and warmth to mark the shortest day of the year.

A collection of seasonal poems for the winter solstice.

Poetry readings.

A collection of seasonal poems to mark the turn of the seasons

Poetry readings.

A collection of seasonal poems for the winter solstice to mark the turn of the season. Poets Caroline Bird and Vanessa Kissule join actors Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser and Siobhan Redmond to share readings of much loved and memorable verse. There is rain, snow, darkness and warmth to mark the shortest day of the year.

A collection of seasonal poems for the winter solstice.

Poems To Celebrate The Spring Equinox20180320
Rain At Three By Tishani Dosh20190621

Adjoa Andoh reads Rain at Three by Tishani Dosh

Poetry readings.

Rain at Three by Tishani Dosh20190621

Adjoa Andoh reads Rain at Three by Tishani Dosh

Poetry readings.

Rain, etc.20160922

An anthology of autumn poems, old and new, from Shakespeare, Liz Berry and George Ellis.

Poetry readings.

Robin Robertson - Fall (after Rilke)20160922

Robin Robertson reads his autumnal poem Fall. It is a version of a poem by Rilke.

Poetry readings.

Snail By Thom Gunn20200320

Snail by Thom Gunn read by Anton Lesser

Poetry readings.

Spring20190320

Poetry to mark the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Spring20190324

Actors Siobhan Redmond, Adjoa Andoh, Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Pippa Haywood and Paul McGann read poetry on the theme of Spring to celebrate the Vernal Equinox. There are live appearances from poets Christine de Luca on Woman's Hour and Caleb Femi with a specially composed Spring poem on Front Row

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Poetry for the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Spring20190324

Poetry for the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Actors Siobhan Redmond, Adjoa Andoh, Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Pippa Haywood and Paul McGann read poetry on the theme of Spring to celebrate the Vernal Equinox. There are live appearances from poets Christine de Luca on Woman's Hour and Caleb Femi with a specially composed Spring poem on Front Row

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Spring - Adjoa Andoh20190320

Adjoa Andoh reads In Time of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes

Poetry readings.

Spring - Adjoa Andoh20190320

Adjoa Andoh reads In Time of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes

Poetry readings.

Spring - Pippa Haywood20190320

Poetry to mark the coming of spring. Pippa Haywood reads Another Spring.

Poetry readings.

Spring - Pippa Haywood20190320

Poetry to mark the coming of spring. Pippa Haywood reads Another Spring.

Poetry readings.

Spring And All20190320
Spring and All20190320

Poetry to mark the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Spring Poetry20190320

Poetry to celebrate the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Spring Poetry Four Poems20190320
Spring poetry four poems20190320

Poetry to celebrate the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.

Spring Poetry: Adjoa Andoh20190320

Poetry to mark the coming of spring. Adjoa Andoh reads a poem by Langston Hughes.

Poetry readings.

Spring: Coming, By Philip Larkin20190320

Anton Lesser reads Coming by Philip Larkin for Radio 4's Four Seasons day of poetry.

Poetry readings.

Spring: The Year's Awakening, By Thomas Hardy.20190320

Poetry for the spring equinox. Paul McGann reads The Year's Awakening by Thomas Hardy.

Poetry readings.

Summer20190623

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year, read by Jason Watkins, Anton Lesser, Juliet Stevenson, Siobhan Redmond, Adjoa Andoh and Simon Russell Beale. Mona Arshi and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett read their own poetry on a summery theme.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Sally Heaven

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year.

Poetry readings.

Summer20190623

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year, read by Jason Watkins, Anton Lesser, Juliet Stevenson, Siobhan Redmond, Adjoa Andoh and Simon Russell Beale. Mona Arshi and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett read their own poetry on a summery theme.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Sally Heaven

A collection of poems celebrating the midpoint of summer and the longest day of the year.

Poetry readings.

The Door By Miroslav Holub20190923

Anton Lesser reads The Door by Miroslav Holub

Poetry readings.

Anton Lesser reads The Door by Miroslav Holub

Poetry readings.

The Door by Miroslav Holub20190923

Anton Lesser reads The Door by Miroslav Holub

Poetry readings.

There Came A Wind Like A Bugle By Emily Dickinson20180621

Harriet Walter reads There Came a Wind Like a Bugle for the midpoint of summer.

Poetry readings.

Travelling In A Comfortable Car By Bertolt Brecht20171221

Siobhan Redmond reads Travelling in a Comfortable Car by Bertolt Brecht.

Poetry readings.

Travelling in a Comfortable Car by Bertolt Brecht20171221

Siobhan Redmond reads Travelling in a Comfortable Car by Bertolt Brecht.

Poetry readings.

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans At Coole20160922

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole. Read by Sinead Cusack. An encounter with exquisite birds new arrived from the arctic north. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole. Read by Sinead Cusack. An encounter with exquisite birds new arrived from the arctic north. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole20160922

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole. Read by Sinead Cusack.

Poetry readings.

Waiting, Fireflies In The Garden, Moths And Summer Night20190621

Poems by Raymond Carver, Robert Frost, Jennifer O'Grady and Langston Hughes

Poetry readings.

Waiting, Fireflies in the Garden, Moths and Summer Night20190621

Poems by Raymond Carver, Robert Frost, Jennifer O'Grady and Langston Hughes

Poetry readings.

Wet Evening In April By Patrick Kavanagh20180320

Anton Lesser reads Wet Evening in April by Patrick Kavanagh.

Poetry readings.

Who has Seen the Wind by Christina Rossetti and Gathering Mushrooms by Michael Longley20170922

Autumn poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning of the year.

Poetry readings.

William Morris, William Shakespeare And Seamus Heaney - Summer Poems20170621

Summer poems from William Morris, William Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney.

William Morris, William Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney - Summer Poems20170621

Summer poems from William Morris, William Shakespeare and Seamus Heaney.

Poetry readings.

Winter Poems20161225

An anthology of seasonal poems for the week of the winter solstice. Memorable and much loved verse by Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Louis MacNeice and Walter De la Mare, read by Simon Russell Beale, Noma Dumezweni, Bill Paterson and Anton Lesser, join recent poems read by the poets, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Don Paterson, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. There is rain and snow and frost and a robin sings its winter song. And joining these is a brand new poem by Kayo Chingonyi remembering a teenage winter in Dagenham. Producer: Tim Dee.

Poetry readings.

Winter Poems20161225

An anthology of seasonal poems old and new, read by actors and poets.

Poetry readings.

Winter Solstice Poems20171221

Poems for the winter solstice.

Poetry readings.

Winter Solstice poems20171221

Poems for the winter solstice.

Poetry readings.

Winter Song By Katherine Mansfield20171221

Poems for the winter solstice. Sir Derek Jacobi reads Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield.

Poetry readings.

Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield20171221

Poems for the winter solstice. Sir Derek Jacobi reads Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield.

Poetry readings.

Work Without Hope By Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Trees Are Down By Charlotte Mew, It Is Not Growing Like A Tree By Ben Jonson20180320

Poems to celebrate the spring equinox.

Poetry readings.