A Poet Laureate's Peterloo

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BBC Radio 4 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

The outgoing Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is joined by some of ‎the most engaging poets and performers of our time, to offer 21st-century responses to the ‎Peterloo massacre - exploring its resonance for our own divided age.
On 16 August 1819 a peaceful pro-democracy rally, made up of thousands of men, women and ‎children, was attacked by an armed cavalry. 18 people were killed, and hundreds injured. The ‎massacre inspired Percy Bysshe ‎Shelley to write his iconic poem ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ - which is still quoted today by politicians:‎
"Ye are many - they are few!"
Ian McMillan presents this landmark programme, with guest and historical guide Professor Robert ‎Poole, with brand new commissions from the Mercury nominated singer-songwriter ‎Kathryn Williams, the poets Clare Shaw and Mark Pajak, and from Carol Ann Duffy herself.‎
The programme will be recorded at Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, where you ‎can still see a wall that witnessed the massacre, and the peaceful protest that preceded it.
Produced by Faith Lawrence.

Carol Ann Duffy and other writers respond to the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Poetry and song specially commissioned to commemorate The Peterloo Massacre - curated by the outgoing Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and presented by Ian McMillan.

The Peterloo Massacre was the name given to a peaceful pro-democracy rally which took place on August 16th 1819, made up of around fifty thousand men, women and ‎children, who were attacked by an armed cavalry; eighteen people were killed, and hundreds injured. The ‎massacre inspired art and poetry at the time, including ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ by Percy Bysshe ‎Shelley. The aspirations of the protesters and the shock of their violent repression still resonate with writers and artists today.

Ian McMillan welcomes poets Carol Ann Duffy, Clare Shaw, Mark Pajak and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams to perform their new commissions in front of an audience at Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester (the wall on the southern side of the building is only piece of infrastructure that would have been at the site of the massacre, and is mentioned in witness accounts). He is also joined by Professor Robert ‎Poole - author of a new study of Peterloo: 'Peterloo: The English Uprising'.

Presented by Ian McMillan
Produced by Faith Lawrence

Carol Ann Duffy and other writers respond to the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Poetry and song specially commissioned to commemorate The Peterloo Massacre - curated by the outgoing Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and presented by Ian McMillan.

The Peterloo Massacre was the name given to a peaceful pro-democracy rally which took place on August 16th 1819, made up of around fifty thousand men, women and ‎children, who were attacked by an armed cavalry; eighteen people were killed, and hundreds injured. The ‎massacre inspired art and poetry at the time, including ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ by Percy Bysshe ‎Shelley. The aspirations of the protesters and the shock of their violent repression still resonate with writers and artists today.

Ian McMillan welcomes poets Carol Ann Duffy, Clare Shaw, Mark Pajak and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams to perform their new commissions in front of an audience at Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester (the wall on the southern side of the building is only piece of infrastructure that would have been at the site of the massacre, and is mentioned in witness accounts). He is also joined by Professor Robert ‎Poole - author of a new study of Peterloo: 'Peterloo: The English Uprising'.

Presented by Ian McMillan
Produced by Faith Lawrence

Carol Ann Duffy and other writers respond to the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.