The Poet And The Echo

5 writers choose 5 poems as inspiration for new stories.

Episodes

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A Nocturnal Reverie2020082120200822 (R4)Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

A Nocturnal Reverie

Poet and courtier Anne Finch was writing in the late 17th and early 18th centuries; one of the earliest published female poets, her work was praised by Wordsworth.

Jenni Fagan takes inspiration from Finch's poem in praise of the night to create a dreamlike meditation on power and rebellion.

Credits

Writer.... Jenni Fagan
Reader... Eileen Walsh
Producer... Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

Jenni Fagan's dreamlike story inspired by the poetry of Anne Finch.

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

Carpe Diem2020080720200808 (R4)Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Carpe Diem

Cathy Forde takes inspiration from Horace's famous ode to write a moving story about the reality of being a carer.

Writer ….. Cathy Forde
Reader ….. Anita Vettesse
Producer …..Gaynor Macfarlane

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

Cathy Forde takes inspiration from Horace's famous ode in this moving story.

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

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.

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

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven2018092820180929 (R4)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 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

PK Lynch's enchanting story inspired by WB Yeats.

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

Nest Eggs2018072020180721 (R4)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.

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.

On Being Brought From Africa To America2020081420200815 (R4)Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

'On Being Brought from Africa to America'

As a child, Phillis Wheatley was sold into slavery and taken from West Africa to America. Within 15 years, she had become the first African-American to have a collection of poems published.

Fred D’Aguiar creates a powerful and moving story inspired by her poem about faith and enslavement.

Credits

Writer ….. Fred D’Aguiar
Reader ….. Noma Dumezweni
Producer ….. Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

Fred D'Aguiar's potent story inspired by Phillis Wheatley.

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

The Idler2020073120200801 (R4)Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

The Idler

Poet, essayist and activist, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson was a mixed-race American born in Louisiana a decade after the Civil War.

Hannah Lavery takes inspiration from her poem about an idle man to create a moving and timely meditation on the value of taking life at a slower pace.

Credits

Writer ….. Hannah Lavery
Reader ….. Anneika Rose
Producer ….. Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

Hannah Lavery's meditative story inspired by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson.

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

The Lamb2019081620190817 (R4)Pippa Goldschmidt's story of love and inheritance inspired by Blake's poem 'The Lamb'.

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

Three Things Which Come Unasked2019080920190810 (R4)Iain Finlay Macleod's witty contemporary story inspired by an anonymous Gaelic poem.

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

What Are You Missing?2019080220190803 (R4)Writers choose poems as inspiration for new stories.

Praxilla was a Greek poet writing in the 5th Century BC. Only fragments of her work remain.

Here, Candia McWilliam creates a lyrical story inspired by Praxilla’s hymn from the Underworld in which Adonis answers the question of what he misses most from life on earth…

Jayne Wright works in a failing department store by day and focuses on her true passion, painting, by night. She’s spent her adult life at a distance to other people whilst sharpening her perception of nature. But a momentary meeting might just change that disconnect for good.

Writer, Candia McWilliam
Reader, Victoria Liddelle
Producer, Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

What Are You Missing? Candia McWilliam's lyrical story inspired by Praxilla.

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

You And I2019072620190727 (R4)You and I. Leila Aboulela's story is inspired by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi.

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

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

01Ozymandias20170122James Robertson's powerful story inspired by Shelley's poem Ozymandias.

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

0101Looking20170122An 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.

0102Transformations20170129Episode 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.

Oliver Emanuel's entrancing story inspired by Thomas Hardy.

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

0103The Relic20170205

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.

Salley Vickers' poignant story inspired by John Donne's poem about love and immortality.

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

0104Song Of Myself20170212Episode 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.

An uplifting story by Janice Galloway, inspired by Walt Whitman's poem Song of Myself.

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

0105Tao Te Ching20170219The Between: Louise Stern's meditation on silence inspired by the Tao Te Ching of Laozi.

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

0105 LASTThe Between20170219Parted 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 Windhover20180114Merryn Glover's uplifting story inspired by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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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.

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

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

0202The Oracle At Glencolumbkille20180121Engaging short story by Garrett Carr, inspired by the Homeric Hymn to Apollo.

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.

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

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

0203A Thunderstorm In Town20180128Lucy 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.

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

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

0204Goblin Market20180204Louise 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.

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

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

0205Hope Is The Thing With Feathers20180211Kathryn 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.

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

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

0301Crossing 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.

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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.

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