Poetry Extra - Poetry Of History

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
Adlestrop20151025 (BBC7)
20151026 (BBC7)

4 Extra Debut. Peggy Reynolds explores the background, effect and lasting appeal of this 1915 poem about a stop at a Cotswolds railway station.

Peggy Reynolds explores the background, effect and lasting appeal of this 1915 poem.

Derek Walcott - A Fortunate Traveller20151101 (BBC7)
20151102 (BBC7)

Nobel Laureate poet Derek Walcott talks about his life and work.

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive.

In 'Derek Walcott: A Fortunate Traveller' - Glyn Maxwell meets the Nobel Laureate poet at his beach home on the Caribbean island of St Lucia on his 84th birthday.

Walcott talks about the sea and what it's like to come from a place he feels to be without history. He remembers his late friend Seamus Heaney and enthuses about Edward Thomas and Philip Larkin. They talk of teaching poetry - Glyn was once Derek's student. He reads some of his own poems and, from memory, a sad and beautiful lyric by Walter de la Mare. The surf and the tropical rain make their own calypso music.

Producer: Tim Dee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

Kubla Khan20151108 (BBC7)
20151109 (BBC7)

Peggy Reynolds explores the appeal of one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's greatest poems.

4 Extra Debut. Peggy Reynolds explores the enduring appeal of one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's greatest poems, 'Kubla Khan'.

Peggy Reynolds explores the enduring appeal of one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's greatest poems, 'Kubla Khan'.

The Echo Chamber:20151018 (BBC7)
20151019 (BBC7)

Paul Farley meets poet Jen Hadfield in Shetland.

Paul Farley meets poet Jen Hadfield in Shetland, taking some of her poems from her book Byssus back to where they were written.

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive.

In The Echo Chamber, Paul Farley meets the poet Jen Hadfield at home and out and about in Shetland taking some of her poems from her book Byssus back to where they were written, their source.

Byssus is the name given to a mussel's beard, which anchors the shellfish to its rock. Many poems in the book explore both molluscs and bivalves, but also what a home might mean to other creatures including poets. Half the poems need wellington boots, the others a good raincoat, but the Spring is here too and life grows afresh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

01The Battle Of Maldon20151011 (BBC7)
20151012 (BBC7)

A selection of programmes arranged by place, from the Shetlands to the Caribbean.

A selection of programmes arranged by place, from the Shetlands to the Caribbean via Brixton. Jonathan Bate starts in Essex.

A look at historical events through the poems they inspired. Jonathan Bate starts in Essex

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive.

The Poetry of History looks at historical events through the poems they inspired.

Jonathan Bate begins on the Essex Coast where the valiant failure of the Anglo-Saxon leader Byrhtnoth against a Viking landing in 991 is remembered best in one of the classics of the Old English cannon, The Battle of Maldon.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007."