The Poet And The Echo

Episodes

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Grey Evening2018060120180602 (R4)

Beatrice Colin's witty story is inspired by DH Lawrence's poem Grey Evening.

Short story series in which writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven2018092820180929 (R4)

PK Lynch's enchanting story inspired by WB Yeats.

Short story series in which writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

A woman weaves a patchwork quilt for her mother.

An enchanting story inspired by Thomas Hardy's poem about how we express love. By PK Lynch.

Credits

Writer....PK Lynch
Reader....Lucianne McEvoy
Producer....Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nest Eggs2018072020180721 (R4)

A thoughtful story about teaching from David Almond, inspired by RL Stevenson's poem.

Short story series in which writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Nest Eggs

A teacher encourages his pupils to take imaginative flight in David Almond's story inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's poem.

Writer... David Almond
Reader... Simon Donaldson
Producer... Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland production for BBC Radio 4.

0101Ozymandias20170122

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 1/5

Looking

An unwelcome visitor inspires a meditation on permanence.

A powerful story inspired by Shelley's poem 'Ozymandias', by the Booker long-listed author James Robertson.

Credits

Writer - James Robertson

Reader - Andy Clark

Producer - Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0102Transformations20170129

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 2/5

Transformations

A young woman finds herself transformed into a tree.

An entrancing story inspired by Thomas Hardy's poem about life after death. By the award-winning playwright, Oliver Emanuel.

Credits

Writer - Oliver Emanuel

Reader - Shauna Macdonald

Producer - Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0103The Relic20170205

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 3/5

The Relic

A young poet remembers his muse.

A poignant story inspired by John Donne's poem about love and immortality. By the best-selling novelist, Salley Vickers.

Credits

Writer - Salley Vickers

Reader - Paapa Essiedu

Producer - Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0104Song Of Myself20170212

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 4/5

Gold

A traveller finds freedom in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A story inspired by Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself', by Janice Galloway.

Credits

Writer - Janice Galloway

Reader - Anne Lacey

Producer - Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0105 LASTTao Te Ching20170219

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 5/5

The Between

Parted from her translator, a deaf student tries to find her way in a new country.

A reflective story inspired by Laozi's 'Tao Te Ching' by author and artist Louise Stern.

Credits

Writer - Louise Stern

Reader - Karen Bartke

Producer - Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0201The Windhover20180114

Merryn Glover's uplifting story inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 1/5

The Windhover

A mother tells the story of how her son came to be part of the family.

A story inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'The Windhover', by Merryn Glover

Credits

Writer....Merryn Glover
Reader....Alison Peebles
Producer....Claire Simpson

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0202The Oracle At Glencolumbkille20180121

Engaging short story by Garrett Carr, inspired by the Homeric Hymn to Apollo.

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 2/5

The Oracle at Glencolumbkille

A teenager at a crossroads in her life visits a famous Oracle for advice.

A new story inspired by 'The Homeric Hymn to Apollo', written by Garrett Carr author of The Rule of the Land.

Credits
Writer....Garrett Carr
Reader....Cara Kelly
Producer....Claire Simpson

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0203A Thunderstorm In Town20180128

Lucy Ribchester's story of a budding romance casts new light on a Thomas Hardy poem.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 3/5

A Thunderstorm in Town

A young couple thrown together by a sudden downpour are on the brink of a declaration.

An insightful story inspired by Thomas Hardy's poem of unrequited love. By Lucy Ribchester.

Credits

Writer....Lucy Ribchester
Reader....Catriona McFarlane
Producer....Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0204Goblin Market20180204

Louise Welsh's evocative story inspired by Christina Rossetti's poem.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 4/5

Goblin Market

An artist arrives in a market town to create an installation and becomes entranced by a sinister fruit-seller.

An evocative story inspired by Christina Rossetti's poem about goblins who sell enchanted fruit. By Louise Welsh.

Credits

Writer....Louise Welsh
Reader....Lesley Hart
Producer....Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

0205 lastHope Is The Thing With Feathers20180211

Kathryn Simmonds' poignant story inspired by Emily Dickinson.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 5/5

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

A man tries to revive his marriage.

A poignant story inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem about hope stirring, even in the darkest of times. By the poet and short-story writer, Kathryn Simmonds.

Credits

Writer....Kathryn Simmonds
Reader....Robert Jack
Producer....Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

31Crossing The Bar2018042720180428 (R4)

Linda Cracknell's captivating story inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Short story series in which writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episode 1/4

Crossing the Bar

An adventurous woman makes an unexpected journey.

A captivating story inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem about the journey from life to death.
By novelist and short-story writer, Linda Cracknell.

Credits

Writer....Linda Cracknell
Reader....Irene Macdougall
Producer....Claire Simpson

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.