Poetry Extra - New Lyrical Ballads

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0120180225 (BBC7)

Daljit Nagra introduces poets reading lyrical ballads inspired by Wordsworth and Coleridge

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive with 'New Lyrical Ballads' featuring 26 leading poets reading work inspired by the originals.

In the first of two programmes, Britain's current poets read their own work inspired by Wordsworth and Coleridge's original Lyrical Ballads.

That slim volume of poetry, published in Wine Street in Bristol, is renowned for its radical preface and considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature.

Featuring: Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, John Burnside, Gillian Clarke, Paul Farley, David Harsent, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Sean O'Brien, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, Don Paterson, Jean Sprackland and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Introduced by festival director, Andrew Kelly.

Recorded at the Bristol Festival of Ideas which commissioned the work and gathered all the poets together to read their work to an expectant audience.

Producer: Tim Dee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.