News That Stays News


2018120920181215 (R4)It was Ezra Pound who wrote: "Literature is news that stays news." What would the news sound like if poets had a go?

Ritula Shah presents the news with poets. She is joined by BBC correspondents Lyse Doucet, Allan Little and Norman Smith, and a lyrical line-up that includes Wendy Cope, Ian McMillan, Caleb Femi, Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley.

Producer: Camellia Sinclair

Featured poems:

The Newspaper by George Crabbe

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide by Maura Dooley
From: The Silvering
Publ: Bloodaxe Books

Sporty People by Wendy Cope

Smashed to a Pulp by Mohammod Ullah

The Day that Twitter went down by Brian Bilston
From: You Took the Last Bus Home
Publ: Unbound

Coping by Caleb Femi

The People's Shipping Forecast by Murray Lachlan Young

From the Republic of Conscience by Seamus Heaney
From: The Haw Lantern
Publ: Faber

Futility by Wilfred Owen

Letter by Hugh McMillan
From: The Other Creatures in the Wood
Publ: Mariscat

The Only News I Know by Emily Dickinson

And original poetry composed for this programme by Gillian Clarke and Ian McMillan.

How would the news sound if we gave poets a go? Ritula Shah presents the news with poets.