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

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

A Bee By Peter Didsbury20180621

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

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

Poetry readings.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Aonghas Macneacail - Excerpt From The Great Snowbattle20171221

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

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.

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.

Autumn20170922

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dream Variations By Langston Hughes20180621

Langston Hughes' Dream Variations, read by Noma Dumezweni.

Poetry readings.

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's Adlestrop20170621

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

Edwin Morgan's Strawberries20170621

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

Failing And Flying By Jack Gilbert20180621

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

Poetry readings.

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.

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

for Radio 4's Four Seasons - poems for the winter solstice. Producer: Tim Dee.

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

Contributors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: 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.

Heliotropical By Lavinia Greenlaw20170621

Summer poems: Heliotropical, by Lavinia Greenlaw.

Kathleen Jamie - Perfect Day20161221

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

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.

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.

Nostos By Louise Gluck20180320

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

Poetry readings.

Out Of Danger By James Fenton20171221

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

Out of Danger by James Fenton20171221

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

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 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 To Celebrate The Spring Equinox20180320
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.

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

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.

Wet Evening In April By Patrick Kavanagh20180320

Anton Lesser reads Wet Evening in April by Patrick Kavanagh.

Poetry readings.

William Morris, William Shakespeare And Seamus Heaney - Summer Poems20170621

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

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 Solstice Poems20171221

Poems for the winter solstice.

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.

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.