The Great Libraries

Joan Bakewell presents a new series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

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2007031120070317Joan Bakewell presents a new series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

3/4. The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

The Welsh poetic tradition is extremely rich and fiercely nationalistic. Joan looks at some of the oldest Welsh poetry in existence, as well as coming across some interesting Bardic chairs, poetry written on prison toilet paper. Poetry is read in both Welsh and English by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

The Welsh poetic tradition is extremely rich and fiercely nationalistic. Joan looks at some of the oldest Welsh poetry in existence, as well as coming across some interesting Bardic chairs, poetry written on prison toilet paper. Poetry is read in both Welsh and English by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

Poetry is read in both Welsh and English by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

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The Welsh poetic tradition is extremely rich and fiercely nationalistic.

Joan looks at some of the oldest Welsh poetry in existence, as well as coming across some interesting Bardic chairs, poetry written on prison toilet paper.

Followed by News.

01The Wordsworth Trust2007022520070303
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Joan visits Dove Cottage in the heart of the Lake District to view rare manuscripts by William Wordsworth and his fellow romantic poets.

With David Wilson, Pamela Woof and Richard Stanton.

Poetry read by Ian Mckellen

Joan visits Dove Cottage in the heart of the Lake District to view rare manuscripts.

Joan Bakewell seeks out poetry in the UK's great libraries

Joan Bakewell presents a new series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

1/4. The Wordsworth Trust

Joan visits Dove Cottage in the heart of the Lake District to view rare manuscripts by William Wordsworth and his fellow romantic poets. With David Wilson, Pamela Woof and Richard Stanton. Poetry read by Ian McKellen.

Followed by News.

02The Bodleian Library, Oxford2007030420070310>In this great historic library, Joan looks at manuscripts from poets including Percy Shelley, T S Eliot, Philip Larkin and W H Auden.

The reader is Andrew Motion

Joan looks at manuscripts from poets including Shelley, Eliot, Larkin and Auden.

Joan Bakewell seeks out poetry in the UK's great libraries

Joan Bakewell presents a series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

2/4. The Bodleian Library, Oxford

In this great historic library, Joan looks at manuscripts from poets including Percy Shelley, TS Eliot, Philip Larkin and WH Auden. The reader is Andrew Motion.

In this great historic library, Joan looks at manuscripts from poets including Percy Shelley, TS Eliot, Philip Larkin and WH Auden. The reader is Andrew Motion.

042007031820070324London's South Bank Poetry Library is currently being redeveloped as part of the South Bank complex.

Contributors include artistic director Jude Kelly, Simon Smith and Miriam Valencia.

Poetry read by Alex Jennings

Joan Bakewell presents a series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

4/6. London's South Bank Poetry Library is currently being redeveloped as part of the South Bank complex. Contributors include artistic director Jude Kelly, Simon Smith and Miriam Valencia. Poetry read by Alex Jennings

Followed by News.

4/6. London's South Bank Poetry Library is currently being redeveloped as part of the South Bank complex. Contributors include artistic director Jude Kelly, Simon Smith and Miriam Valencia. Poetry read by Alex Jennings.