Poetry Please

The poems you want to hear.

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19970810

Poet and broadcaster Sarah Maguire introduces four programmes from Cornwall, exploring the idea of summer and reflecting old and new visions of the peninsula.

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Roger Mcgough presents listeners' favourite verse.

This edition features T S Eliot's Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, plus pieces by UA Fanthorpe and Alfred Noyes.

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Roger Mcgough presents listeners' favourite verse.

This edition features T S Eliot's Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, plus pieces by UA Fanthorpe and Alfred Noyes.

Roger Mcgough celebrates the legacy of former Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who died twenty years ago this week.

Readers are Alice Arnold and Peter Marinker

Roger McGough presents listeners' favourite verse. This edition features T S Eliot's Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, plus pieces by UA Fanthorpe and Alfred Noyes. [Rpt of Sun, 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents listeners' favourite verse.

This edition features T S Eliot's Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, plus pieces by UA Fanthorpe and Alfred Noyes.

Roger Mcgough celebrates the legacy of former Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who died twenty years ago this week.

Readers are Alice Arnold and Peter Marinker

Roger McGough presents listeners' favourite verse. This edition features T S Eliot's Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, plus pieces by UA Fanthorpe and Alfred Noyes. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough samples a rich vein of poetic inspiration at Dylan Thomas' old local in Laugharne, South Wales.

He celebrates the links between poetry and the pub, with readers Pat Hughes and Nigel Jenkins.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems reflecting the wartime experience of life away from the battlefields.

Alongside work by well-known figures like Noel Coward and Edith Sitwell, we hear powerfully descriptive verse by much less well-known young women poets of the days, whose work sheds a revelaing light on the realities of life on the home front.

The readers are Pat Hughes, David Collins and Bonnie Hurren.

Alongside work by well-known figures like Noel Coward and Edith Sitwell, we hear powerfully descriptive verse by much less well-known young women poets of the days, whose work sheds a revealing light on the realities of life on the home front.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems reflecting the wartime experience of life away from the battlefields. Alongside work by well-known figures like Noel Coward and Edith Sitwell, we hear powerfully descriptive verse by much less well-known young women poets of the days, whose work sheds a revelaing light on the realities of life on the home front.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems reflecting the wartime experience of life away from the battlefields. Alongside work by well-known figures like Noel Coward and Edith Sitwell, we hear powerfully descriptive verse by much less well-known young women poets of the days, whose work sheds a revealing light on the realities of life on the home front.

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Roger Mcgough's selection includes Virginia Graham's Missed Opportunity, James Fenton's The Skip and ASJ Tessimond's Talk in the Night.

Read by Miriam Margolyes and David Collins.

Roger McGough's selection includes Virginia Graham's Missed Opportunity, James Fenton's The Skip and ASJ Tessimond's Talk in the Night. Read by Miriam Margolyes and David Collins.

Roger McGough's selection includes Virginia Graham's Missed Opportunity, James Fenton's The Skip and ASJ Tessimond's Talk in the Night. Read by Miriam Margolyes and David Collins. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poems on the theme of ageing, with Sally Cookson, David Collins and Jamie Glover.

Dannie Abse reads a love poem to his wife.

[Rpt Sat, 11.30pm]

Roger Mcgough presents poems on the weather by Thomas Hardyand William Howitt - and on poetry readings by D J Enright and Basil Bunting.

The programme includes a tribute to the late Michael Donaghy.

The readers are Alice Arnold,

Sean Barrett and Bonnie Hurren.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems on the theme of ageing, with Sally Cookson, David Collins and Jamie Glover. Dannie Abse reads a love poem to his wife. [Rpt Sat, 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents poems on the weather by Thomas Hardyand William Howitt - and on poetry readings by D J Enright and Basil Bunting. The programme includes a tribute to the late Michael Donaghy. The readers are Alice Arnold,

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems by authors including Carol Ann Duffy, Coleridge, Ken Smith and Jenny Joseph.

The readers are Bonnie Hurren and David Collins.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems by authors including UA Fanthorpe, Helen Dunmore and William Wordsworth

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Roger Mcgough presents a New Year edition featuring requests for pieces by predominantly Scottish poets, including George Mackay Brown, Kathleen Jamie and Don Patterson.

Roger McGough presents a New Year edition featuring requests for pieces by predominantly Scottish poets, including George Mackay Brown, Kathleen Jamie and Don Patterson. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests, including poems by Edwin Muir and Thomas Warton the Elder.

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including poems by Edwin Muir and Thomas Warton the Elder. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including poems by Edwin Muir and Thomas Warton the Elder. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry.

This edition includes listeners' requests for pieces by Shakespeare, Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Tom Waits.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry. This edition includes listeners' requests for pieces by Shakespeare, Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Tom Waits.

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Roger Mcgough presents the poetry show, and compares how different poets consider life's perennial themes.

Featured poets include Billy Collins and Raymond Carver.

Roger McGough presents the poetry show, and compares how different poets consider life's perennial themes. Featured poets include Billy Collins and Raymond Carver.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry about objects of desire, ranging from the carnal to the spiritual, to the distinctly materialistic.

Featured authors include Michael Ondaatje, Byron and Yevtushenko.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about objects of desire, ranging from the carnal to the spiritual, to the distinctly materialistic. Featured authors include Michael Ondaatje, Byron and Yevtushenko.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about objects of desire, ranging from the carnal to the spiritual, and the distinctly materialistic. Featured authors include Michael Ondaatje, Byron and Yevtushenko.

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Poetry Please goes for a paddle - dipping its big toe into literature's rushing stream of works on water.

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Philip Larkin, Sophie Hannah and Christopher Marlowe

This week Poetry Please goes for a paddle - dipping its big toe into literature's rushing stream of works on water. Roger McGough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Philip Larkin, Sophie Hannah and Christopher Marlowe.

Poetry Please goes for a paddle - dipping its big toe into literature's rushing stream of works on water. Roger McGough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Philip Larkin, Sophie Hannah and Christopher Marlowe.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' requests, including Gerald Manley Hopkins's masterpiece The Wreck of the Deutschland, read by Janet Suzman.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests, including Gerald Manley Hopkins's masterpiece The Wreck of the Deutschland, read by Janet Suzman. Then News.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests, including Gerald Manley Hopkins' masterpiece The Wreck of the Deutschland, read by Janet Suzman. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough gets into training for a summer of sport and outdoor activities by introducing requests for poems that celebrate achievements on and off the field, with verse about cricket, SWIMMING, horse racing and football.

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Roger Mcgough opens a new season with a lively and varied selection of the poems you have asked to hear, many of which are read by the poets themselves.

The readers are Bill Wallis and Susan Jameson

Roger McGough opens a new season with a lively and varied selection of the poems you have asked to hear, many of which are read by the poets themselves. The readers are Bill Wallis and Susan Jameson. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough opens a new season with a lively and varied selection of the poems you have asked to hear, many of which are read by the poets themselves. The readers are Bill Wallis and Susan Jameson. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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A programme of poetry about the natural world, including some of the winners of the BBC Wildlife Magazine poetry competition.

Presented by Roger Mcgough with readings by Susan Jameson, Bill Wallis and the poets themselves.

A programme of poetry about the natural world, including some of the winners of the BBC Wildlife Magazine Poetry competition. Presented by Roger McGough with readings by Susan Jameson, Bill Wallis and the poets themselves.

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The poetry of the sky and the stars, selected from listener's requests and presented by Roger Mcgough.

The readers are Susan Jameson and Bill Wallis

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about the sky and the stars. Readers include Bill Wallis and Susan Jameson. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry.

Featured poets include Simon Armitage, UA Fanthorpe and Philip Larkin

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry. Featured poets include Simon Armitage, UA Fanthorpe and Philip Larkin. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry. Featured poets include Simon Armitage, UA Fanthorpe and Philip Larkin. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents another assorted selection of listeners' favourite poems, including work by Amy Lovell, Billy Collins and Colette Bryce.

The readers are Daniel Hart and Noni Lewis.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poetry. Poets include Amy Lowell, Billy Collins and Colette Bryce. Readers are Daniel Hart and Noni Lewis. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Celebrating BBC's Shakespeare season, Roger Mcgough has requests for verse by the Bard, including sonnets and excerpts from plays.

Readings by Fiona Shaw and Barrie Rutter

Celebrating BBC's Shakespeare season, Roger McGough has requests for verse by the Bard, including sonnets and excerpts from plays. Readings by Fiona Shaw and Barrie Rutter. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Celebrating BBC's Shakespeare season, Roger McGough has requests for verse by the Bard, including sonnets and excerpts from plays. Readings by Fiona Shaw and Barrie Rutter. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Jennings.

The readers are Kate Littlewood and Bill Wallis

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Jennings. The readers are Kate Littlewood and Bill Wallis. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems by, among others, Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Jennings. The readers are Kate Littlewood and Bill Wallis. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems linked by 'remembering the past', and those who have been affected by conflict.

Poets featured are Wilfred Owen, Emily Brontë and Andrew Motion.

The readers are Kate Littlewood and Bill Wallis

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems linked by 'remembering the past', and those who have been affected by conflict. Poets featured are Wilfred Owen, Emily Brontë and Andrew Motion. The readers are Kate Littlewood and Bill Wallis.

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Roger Mcgough features listeners' requests for haunting poetry, including Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman, Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven and Walter De La Mare's The Listeners.

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for haunting poetry, including Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman, Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven and Walter de la Mare's The Listeners. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for haunting poetry, including Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman, Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven and Walter de la Mare's The Listeners. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough features listeners' requests.

The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

Trevor Peacock reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic story of a nightmare voyage as told by the ancient mariner, whose killing of an albatross, a bird of good omen, brings misfortune on the ship and all its crew.

Roger McGough features listeners' requests. Trevor Peacock reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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An edition devoted to romantic poets, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and John Keats

An edition devoted to romantic poets, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and John Keats. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

An edition devoted to romantic poets, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and John Keats. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough features listeners' requests for poetry on the theme of family dynamics, including pieces by Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead and Patrick Kavanagh.

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for poetry on the theme of family dynamics, including pieces by Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead and Patrick Kavanagh. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for poetry on the theme of family dynamics, including pieces by Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead and Patrick Kavanagh. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents another edition of listeners' favourite poems.

In this edition, he looks at the human desire to make our mark.

Readers are Catherine Harvey, John Mackay and Fiona Shaw

Roger McGough presents another edition of listeners' favourite poems. In this edition, he looks at the human desire to make our mark.

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Roger Mcgough with listeners' requests for poetry.

Featured poets include Eilean Nu Chuilleanain, Michael Longley, John Stallworthy and Sylvia Plath.

Read by Fiona Shaw, Catherine Harvey and John Mackay

Roger McGough with listeners' requests for poetry. Featured poets include Eilean Nu Chuilleanain, Michael Longley, John Stallworthy and Sylvia Plath. Read by Fiona Shaw, Catherine Harvey and John Mackay.

Roger McGough with listeners' requests for poetry. Featured poets include Eilean Nu Chuilleanain, Michael Longley, John Stallworthy and Sylvia Plath. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough features listeners' requests.

The readers are Sean Barrett, Elizabeth Bell and Jim Findley

Roger McGough features listeners' requests. The readers are Sean Barrett, Elizabeth Bell and Jim Findley. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm] Then News.

Roger McGough features listeners' requests. The readers are Sean Barrett, Elizabeth Bell and Jim Findley. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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On his travels, Roger Mcgough arrives at some interesting poetry destinations in the company of William Cowper, Robert Browning and Cp Cavafy

On his travels, Roger McGough arrives at some interesting poetry destinations in the company of William Cowper, Robert Browning and CP Cavafy. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm] Then News.

On his travels, Roger McGough arrives at some interesting poetry destinations in the company of William Cowper, Robert Browning and CP Cavafy. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poems, including work by Stevie Smith, Tobias Hill and R S Thomas.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poems, including work by Stevie Smith, Tobias Hill and R S Thomas. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm] Then News.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poems, including works by Stevie Smith, Tobias Hill and RS Thomas. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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A selection of poems about the cinema, poems that use movies as metaphor and poems that celebrate our love of the stars of the silver screen.

Including offerings from Brian Patten, Carol Ann Duffy and a new poem by presenter Roger Mcgough.

The readers are Adjoah Andoh, Demetri Goritsas and Patrick Romer.

A selection of poems about the cinema, poems that use movies as metaphor and poems that celebrate our love of the stars of the silver screen. Including offerings from Brian Patten, Carol Ann Duffy and a new poem by presenter Roger McGough. The readers are Adjoah Andoh, Demetri Goritsas and Patrick Romer. Then News.

A selection of poems about the cinema, poems that use movies as metaphor and poems that celebrate our love of the stars of the silver screen. Including offerings from Brian Patten, Carol Ann Duffy and a new poem by presenter Roger McGough. The readers are Adjoah Andoh, Demetri Goritsas and Patrick Romer.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a broad selection of poems, many of which celebrate dialect and accents, including verse by Tony Harrison, Jackie Kay and Miss Lou.

There are also poems about the joy of school days, as well as a smattering of love poems.

The readers are Adjoah Andoh, Valerie Bloom, Lewis Rae and Patrick Romer.

Roger McGough introduces a broad selection of poems, many of which celebrate dialect and accents, including verse by Tony Harrison, Jackie Kay and Miss Lou. There are also poems about the joy of school days, as well as a smattering of love poems. The readers are Adjoah Andoh, Valerie Bloom, Lewis Rae and Patrick Romer.

Roger McGough introduces a selection of poems, including verse by Tony Harrison, Jackie Kay and Miss Lou. Readers are Adjoah Andoh, Valerie Bloom and Patrick Romer. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry inspired by the ocean. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry inspired by the ocean.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry inspired by the ocean. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

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Catherine Harvey reads John Keats' Isabella or the Pot of Basil, a tale of passionate love, betrayal and gory horticulture.

[Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Catherine Harvey reads John Keats's Isabella or the Pot of Basil, a tale of passionate love, betrayal and gory horticulture.

Catherine Harvey reads John Keats' Isabella or the Pot of Basil, a tale of passionate love, betrayal and gory horticulture. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Roger McGough presents a selection of verse inspired by summer, including poems by William Shakespeare, Phillip Larkin and Ros Barber.

Roger McGough presents a selection of verse inspired by summer, including poems by William Shakespeare, Phillip Larkin and Ros Barber. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents a selection of verse inspired by summer, including poems by William Shakespeare, Phillip Larkin and Ros Barber. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

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Rupert and Taatamata.

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Roger Mcgough has your requests for favourite nature poems, read by Andrew Sachs, Jenny Coverack and Philip Franks.

Roger McGough has your requests for favourite nature poems, read by Andrew Sachs, Jenny Coverack and Philip Franks. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough has your requests for favourite nature poems, read by Andrew Sachs, Jenny Coverack and Philip Franks. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

2006100820061014

Live performances of favourite poems, many with a Midlands flavour, as Roger Mcgough and guests entertain an audience at the Birmingham Book Festival.

The readers are Mike Fenton-Stevens and Phyllida Nash, with guest poets Martin Glynn and Julie Boden.

Live performances of favourite poems, many with a Midlands flavour, as Roger McGough and guests entertain an audience at the Birmingham Book Festival. The readers are Mike Fenton-Stevens and Phyllida Nash, with guest poets Martin Glynn and Julie Boden.

Performances of favourite poems, many with a Midlands flavour, as Roger McGough and guests entertain an audience at the Birmingham Book Festival. The readers are Mike Fenton-Stevens and Phyllida Nash, with guest poets Martin Glynn and Julie Boden.

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Roger Mcgough presents requests from Birmingham's Book Festival, performed by Phyllida Nash, Michael Fenton Stevens and guest poets Julie Boden and Martin Glyn.

Roger McGough presents requests from Birmingham's Book Festival, performed by Phyllida Nash, Michael Fenton Stevens and guest poets Julie Boden and Martin Glyn. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

2006102120061028

Roger Mcgough presents poems with a seasonal flavour, including Rich Days, The Burning of the Leaves and October Dusk.

Readers are Jenny Coverack, Philip Franks and Andrew Sachs

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' requests from the Birmingham Book Festival.

Readers are Phyllida Nash, Michael Fenton Stevens and guest poets Julie Boden and Martin Glyn.

Roger McGough presents listeners' requests from the Birmingham Book Festival. Readers are Phyllida Nash, Michael Fenton Stevens and guest poets Julie Boden and Martin Glyn [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

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Roger Mcgough presents poems with a seasonal flavour, including Rich Days, The Burning of the Leaves and October Dusk.

Readers are Jenny Coverack, Philip Franks and Andrew Sachs

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' requests from the Birmingham Book Festival.

Readers are Phyllida Nash, Michael Fenton Stevens and guest poets Julie Boden and Martin Glyn.

Roger McGough presents poems with a seasonal flavour, including Rich Days, The Burning of the Leaves and October Dusk. Readers are Jenny Coverack, Philip Franks and Andrew Sachs. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems with a seasonal flavour, including Rich Days, The Burning of the Leaves, Autumn Journal and October Dusk. Readers are Jenny Coverack, Philip Franks and Andrew Sachs.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' requests exploring the complexities of relationships.

Featured authors include RS Thomas, Carol Ann Duffy and DH Lawrence.

Readers are Josette Simon, Patrick Romer and Robert Wickham.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests exploring the complexities of relationships. Featured authors include RS Thomas, Carol Ann Duffy and DH Lawrence.

2006111220061118

Roger Mcgough presents poems for remembrance, featuring works by Pablo Neruda, Evangeline Patterson and frontline poets Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Alun Lewis.

Readers are Josette Simon, Patrick Romer and Rupert Wickham.

Listeners may request a favourite poem by calling 08700 100 400, emailing poetry.please@bbc.co.uk or writing to Poetry Please, BBC, Bristol, BS8 2LR.

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Roger Mcgough welcomes in the New Year with poems about hope, regret, sunrise and time.

Featured poets include Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robin Robertson, David Constantine, UA Fanthorpe and Robert Frost.

The readers are Patrick Romer, Tom Lawrence and Kate Littlewood

Roger McGough welcomes in the New Year with poems about hope, regret, sunrise and time. Featured poets include Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robin Robertson, David Constantine, UA Fanthorpe and Robert Frost.

Readers are Patrick Romer, Tom Lawrence and Kate Littlewood.

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Roger Mcgough presents a cornucopia of love and dreams, with poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore and James Fenton.

The readers are Jim Findley, Rupert Wickham, Adjoa Andoh and Kerry Shale

Roger McGough presents a cornucopia of love and dreams, with poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore and James Fenton. The readers are Jim Findley, Rupert Wickham, Adjoa Andoh and Kerry Shale.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems with a political flavour from Maya Angelou, Derek Mahon, Nick Drake and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Politicians pick out their favourites and the readers are Adjoa Andoh, Jonjo O'Neill, Jim Findley, Kerry Shale and Rupert Wickham.

Roger McGough introduces poems with a political flavour from Maya Angelou, Derek Mahon, Nick Drake and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Politicians pick out their favourites and the readers are Adjoa Andoh, Jonjo O'Neill, Jim Findley, Kerry Shale and Rupert Wickham.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of wintry poems and thoughts about the right way to live - from Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Ted Hughes and Norman MacCaig's longest poem in its entirety, 'Man in Assynt'.

The readers are Rupert Wickham, Jim Findley and Kerry Shale

Roger McGough introduces a selection of wintry poems and thoughts about the right way to live - from Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Ted Hughes and Norman MacCaig's longest poem in its entirety, 'Man in Assynt'. The readers are Rupert Wickham, Jim Findley and Kerry Shale.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poems.

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Roger Mcgough truffles through the extraordinarily rich poetry collection held by the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Requests for works by John Donne, George Herbert, Thomas Hardy, Larkin and others are read by Jamie Glover and Claire Skinner

Roger McGough truffles through the extraordinarily rich poetry collection held by the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Requests for works by John Donne, George Herbert, Thomas Hardy, Larkin and others are read by Jamie Glover and Claire Skinner.

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Roger Mcgough visits the Bodleian Library in Oxford for an edition that focuses on requests for the work of two of the greatest Romantics, Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley.

The readers are Jamie Glover and Claire Skinner

Roger McGough visits the Bodleian Library in Oxford for an edition that focuses on requests for the work of two of the greatest Romantics, Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley. The readers are Jamie Glover and Claire Skinner.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a collection of comic poems requested by listeners, including classic archive recordings of John Betjeman and Stanley Holloway along with pieces by Roald Dahl, Wendy Cope and Ogden Nash.

The reader is Trevor Peacock.

Roger McGough introduces a collection of comic poems requested by listeners, including classic archive recordings of John Betjeman and Stanley Holloway along with pieces by Roald Dahl, Wendy Cope and Ogden Nash. The reader is Trevor Peacock.

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Roger Mcgough celebrates the arrival of spring with poems by Walt Whitman, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy and Ted Hughes.

Readers are Adjoa Andoh, Cian Murchu and Trevor Peacock

Roger McGough celebrates the arrival of spring with poems by Walt Whitman, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy and Ted Hughes. Readers are Adjoa Andoh, Cian Murchu and Trevor Peacock.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems about writing poetry and being a poet, including works by Emily Bronte, Sophie Hannah and RS Thomas.

Readers are Adjoa Andoh, Cian Murchu and Trevor Peacock

Roger McGough introduces poems about writing poetry and being a poet, including works by Emily Bronte, Sophie Hannah and RS Thomas. Readers are Adjoa Andoh, Cian Murchu and Trevor Peacock.

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Roger Mcgough presents poetry requested by listeners.

Brian Pettifer, Richard Mccabe and Eleanor Tremain read poems by Edward Thomas, John Clare and Christina Rossetti.

Kathleen Jamie reads her own work.

Roger McGough presents poetry requested by listeners. Brian Pettifer, Richard McCabe and Eleanor Tremain read poems by Edward Thomas, John Clare and Christina Rossetti. Kathleen Jamie reads her own work.

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Roger Mcgough presents an anthology of poems requested by listeners.

Brian Pettifer, Richard Mccabe and Eleanor Tremain read poems by Edwin Morgan, Philip Larkin and Emily Bronte, while poet Andrew McNeillie reads his own work.

Roger McGough presents an anthology of poems requested by listeners. Brian Pettifer, Richard McCabe and Eleanor Tremain read poems by Edwin Morgan, Philip Larkin and Emily Bronte, while poet Andrew McNeillie reads his own work.

2007051320070519

Marking the 40th anniversary of the death of former Poet Laureate John Masefield, Roger Mcgough introduces requests for works with a nautical tang, including a poem by Andrew Motion about a merman once caught off the Suffolk coast at Orford Ness.

Readers are Daniel Hart, Bonnie Hurren and Iain Mitchell.

2007052020070526

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems that mark life's turning points.

Featured writers include Thom Gunn, Kahlil Gibran and Helen Dunmore.

Readers are Amanda Horlock, Iain Mitchell and Duncan Bonner.

"Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems that mark life's turning points. Featured writers include Thom Gunn, Kahlil Gibran and Helen Dunmore. Readers are Amanda Horlock, Iain Mitchell and Duncan Bonner."

2007052720070602

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for works with a Welsh connection.

Featured poets include Wordsworth, Gillian Clarke, Dylan Thomas and W H Davies.

Readers are Richard Mitchley, Noni Lewis and Daniel Hart.

"Roger McGough introduces requests for works with a Welsh connection. Featured poets include Wordsworth, Gillian Clarke, Dylan Thomas and W H Davies. Readers are Richard Mitchley, Noni Lewis and Daniel Hart."

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poems requested by listeners.

Featured works include John Gay's Trivia, AK Ramanujan's Small Scale Reflections on a Great House, Tony Connor's On the Cliff, John Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn and Wallace Stevens' Anecdote of the Jar.

Readers are John Telfer and Hayley Doherty.

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Roger McGough hosts the programme from the Latitude music and arts festival in Suffolk.

Performers include Mark Steel, Simon Armitage, Rickie Lee Jones and Rachel Pantechnicon.

Readers are John Lightbody and Eleanor Tremain.

Performers include Mark Steel, Simon Armitage, Rickie Lee Jones and Rachel Pantechnicon. Readers are John Lightbody and Eleanor Tremain.

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Roger McGough hosts a second programme from the Latitude music and arts festival in Suffolk.

Performers include Mark Steel, Simon Armitage, Rickie Lee Jones and Rachel Pantechnicon.

Readers are John Lightbody and Eleanor Tremain.

Performers include Mark Steel, Simon Armitage, Rickie Lee Jones and Rachel Pantechnicon. Readers are John Lightbody and Eleanor Tremain.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' requests.

Stephen Rea and Fiona Shaw read poems by Irish authors, from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests. Stephen Rea and Fiona Shaw read poems by Irish authors, from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poetry, read by Peter Marinker, Tom Lawrence, Phyllida Nash and Susan Jameson

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poetry, read by Susan Jameson, Tom Lawrence, Peter Marinker, Jenny Coverack and Phyllida Nash.

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Roger McGough presents poems which use as imagery the sea, trees and autumn fruits.

The theme of summer food leads to a delightful piece about an end-of-school picnic which hints at grown-up pleasures to come.

Readers are Phyllida Nash, Jenny Coverack, Tom Lawrence and Peter Marinker.

Roger McGough presents poems which use as imagery the sea, trees and autumn fruits. The theme of summer food leads to a delightful piece about an end-of-school picnic which hints at grown-up pleasures to come.

2007111820071124

Roger McGough celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Blake with a selection of his most popular verse, read by Samuel West, Janet Suzman and David Collins.

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Roger Mcgough presents an eclectic selection of poetry including Kipling's The Way through the Woods and Muriel Spark's That Lonely Shoe on the Road.

Other features writers include Anne Sexton, David Holbrook, Brendan Keneally, Sidney Smith and Thomas Hood.

Readers are John Mackay and Bonnie Hurren

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Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that take a wry look at love and relationships.

Featured poets include Wendy Cope and RS Thomas.

Readers are Mark Meadows, Kate Littlewood and Gabriel Woolf.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that take a wry look at love and relationships. Featured poets include Wendy Cope and RS Thomas. Readers are Mark Meadows, Kate Littlewood and Gabriel Woolf.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poems by writers perhaps better known as novelists, such as DH Lawrence, Muriel Spark, Robert Graves and Dermot Bolger.

Readers are John Mackay and Bonnie Hurren.

Also featured is rare archive of the Welsh poet WH Davies introducing and reading his poem Leisure.

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Roger Mcgough introduces the poetry magazine.

Featured works include Carol Ann Duffy's Elvis's Twin Sister, which imagines a sibling for Elvis Presley as a nun, rocking in her wimple, and poems by Anna Akhmatova, Peter Porter and Douglas Dunn.

Patrick Romer and Eva Bryer are the readers.

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Roger McGough introduces the poetry magazine. Featured works include Carol Ann Duffy's Elvis's Twin Sister, which imagines a sibling for Elvis Presley as a nun.

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Roger McGough introduces a special edition of the poetry magazine, recorded at The Hay Festival and featuring poetry from both sides of the Welsh border.

Listeners' requests are read by Richard Mitchley and Manon Edwards.

Special guest is poet Gwyneth Lewis.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including poems about parenting and friendship.

Readers are Stephanie Cole, Rebecca Smart and William Hope.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests, including poems about parenting and friendship.

Readers are Stephanie Cole, Rebecca Smart and William Hope

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including a short interview with poet Mimi Khalvati.

Readers are Mark Meadows, Rebecca Smart and William Hope.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including a short interview with poet Mimi Khalvati.

Readers are Mark Meadows, Rebecca Smart and William Hope.

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including a short interview with poet Mimi Khalvati. Readers are Mark Meadows, Rebecca Smart and William Hope.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests, with guest Fleur Adcock.

The readers are Rebecca Smart and Mark Meadows

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, with guest Fleur Adcock. The readers are Rebecca Smart and Mark Meadows.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, with guest Fleur Adcock.

The readers are Rebecca Smart and Mark Meadows.

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Roger McGough introduces requests for poems with a distinctly Gothic and funereal flavour, including Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Readers are Patrick Romer and Noni Lewis.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for the work of Alexander Pope.

Renowned for his biting satire, other aspects of his personality are revealed in the narrative love poem Eloisa to Abelard.

The readers are Christian Rodska and Noni Lewis.

Roger McGough introduces requests for the work of Alexander Pope. Renowned for his biting satire, other aspects of his personality are revealed in the narrative love poem Eloisa to Abelard. The readers are Christian Rodska and Noni Lewis.

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Roger McGough introduces requests for the work of Alexander Pope. Renowned for his biting satire, other aspects of his personality are revealed in the narrative love poem Eloisa to Abelard. The readers are Christian Rodska and Noni Lewis.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for some classic ballads, including the sorry tale of Sir Patrick Spens.

Readers include Jimmy Yuill and Lesley Stone.

Roger McGough introduces requests for some classic ballads, including the sorry tale of Sir Patrick Spens. Readers include Jimmy Yuill and Lesley Stone.

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Roger McGough introduces requests for some classic ballads, including the sorry tale of Sir Patrick Spens. Readers include Jimmy Yuill and Lesley Stone.

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Roger McGough presents a special programme, live from the Latitude Festival in Suffolk. Featured poets include Wendy Cope, Michael Longley, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Hamilton and James Tate. Readers are Eleanor Tremain and John Lightbody.

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Poetry that spans the ages features in the first of a new series of the requests programme presented by Roger Mcgough, with verse by the 8th century Chinese poet Du Fu, William Makepeace Thackeray, ee cummings and Polly Clark, to name just a few.

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Poetry that spans the ages features in the first of a new series of the requests programme presented by Roger McGough, with verse by the 8th century Chinese poet Du Fu, William Makepeace Thackeray, ee cummings and Polly Clark, to name just a few.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' poetry requests.

He marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert W Service, nicknamed the Canadian Kipling, one of the most widely read poets of the 20th century. Many of his works commemorated the hardships and drama of the Yukon Gold Rush. Jimmy Yuill reads such classics as The Shooting of Dan McGrew.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests for the works of Christina Rossetti, the Victorian poet whose reputation has grown steadily in recent years.

Tessa Nicholson reads such classics as the haunting narrative poem Goblin Market.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

Including verse by Patrick Kavanagh, John Keats, Alan Ahlberg and Louis Simpson.

The readers are Richard Mccabe, Brigid Zengeni and Jonjo O'Neill.

Including verse by Patrick Kavanagh, John Keats, Alan Ahlberg and Louis Simpson. The readers are Richard McCabe, Brigid Zengeni and Jonjo O'Neill.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests.

Including verse by Patrick Kavanagh, John Keats, Alan Ahlberg and Louis Simpson. The readers are Richard McCabe, Brigid Zengeni and Jonjo O'Neill.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

Including an autumnal love poem by Gillian Clarke, verses about sleep and waking by Keats and Robert Frost, and a Poetry Please favourite concerning a cat, courtesy of Harold Monro.

Also, Pablo Neruda's friend and translator Alastair Reid introduces two of Neruda's poems as well as his own poem about a man who compulsively shades in the Os in library books.

The readers are Brigid Zengeni, Richard Mccabe and Jonjo O'Neill.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests.

Including an autumnal love poem by Gillian Clarke, verses about sleep and waking by Keats and Robert Frost, and a Poetry Please favourite concerning a cat, courtesy of Harold Monro.

Also, Pablo Neruda's friend and translator Alastair Reid introduces two of Neruda's poems as well as his own poem about a man who compulsively shades in the Os in library books.

The readers are Brigid Zengeni, Richard McCabe and Jonjo O'Neill.

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In an edition recorded at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Roger Mcgough is joined on stage by actors Pippa Haywood and Bill Hope to read funny poems about poetry readings, mathematics, oranges and cats.

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In an edition recorded at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Roger McGough is joined on stage by actors Pippa Haywood and Bill Hope to read funny poems about poetry readings, mathematics, oranges and cats.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a variety of poems that celebrate the natural world, including work by Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, DH Lawrence and Elizabeth Jennings.

Plus some of the winning entries from this year's BBC Wildlife Magazine poetry competition.

The readers are Brigid Zenghi and Richard Mccabe

Roger McGough introduces a variety of poems that celebrate the natural world, including work by Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, DH Lawrence and Elizabeth Jennings. Plus some of the winning entries from this year's BBC Wildlife Magazine poetry competition. The readers are Brigid Zenghi and Richard McCabe.

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Roger McGough introduces a variety of poems that celebrate the natural world, including work by Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, DH Lawrence and Elizabeth Jennings. Plus some of the winning entries from this year's BBC Wildlife Magazine poetry competition. The readers are Brigid Zenghi and Richard McCabe.

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Including poems from Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy and William Blake.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

Actress Lia Williams reads poems from Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Patten, William Blake, Matthew Arnold and Harold Pinter.

Plus recordings of Michael Williams reading Cecil Day Lewis's The Album and Felix Dennis reads some of his own atmospheric work.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

Actress Lindsay Duncan reads Keats's erotic and magical poem The Eve of St Agnes.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests for poems by Derek Walcott, Linda Pastan and Russian poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Inna Kabysh.

The readers are Burt Caesar, Mark Meadows and Nadia Williams.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems by Robert Frost and Edward Thomas.

Read by Peter Marinker and Philip Franks.

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Roger Mcgough presents a programme dedicated to the poetry of the Old Testament Book of Psalms, in old translations and new, read by Kenneth Cranham and Henry Goodman.

Roger Mcgough presents a programme dedicated to the poetry of the Book of Psalms.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for Lewis Carroll's surreal poem, The Hunting of the Snark, told not in verses but in eight distinctive 'fits'.

Includes archive recordings by Ken Campbell and Alec Guinness.

Roger Mcgough introduces Lewis Carroll's surreal poem, The Hunting of the Snark.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems that chime with the theme of 2009's National Poetry Day, that of heroes and heroines.

Including works by poets as varied as Maya Angelou and Rudyard Kipling.

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems on the theme of heroes and heroines.

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Roger McGough celebrates the programme's 30th birthday from the Theatre Royal at Bristol Old Vic, and introduces a selection of the most frequently-requested poems from the past 30 years.

The special guest readers, including Stephanie Cole, Helen Baxendale and Patrick Malahide, all have a strong connection with the city.

Including poems by Keats, Hardy, Betjeman, Wendy Cope and Carol Ann Duffy.

Roger McGough celebrates the programme's 30th birthday from Bristol Old Vic.

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A second programme celebrating the 30th birthday of Poetry Please in the show's home town of Bristol.

Roger McGough is joined at Bristol Old Vic by special guest readers, including Stephanie Cole and Patrick Malahide, for some of the best-loved poems in its history.

A second programme celebrating 30 years of Poetry Please, recorded at Bristol Old Vic.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including Stevie Smith's galloping cat and Les Murray's poem defining the quintessentially Australian quality of 'sprawl'.

Plus a whirling drunken evening with Tony Harrison and a recollection of high summer from Sylvia Plath and Robert Graves.

With readers Tanya Moodie, John Telfer and David Henry.

Including poems by Stevie Smith, Les Murray, Tony Harrison, Sylvia Plath and Robert Graves.

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including Stevie Smith's galloping cat and Les Murray's poem defining the quintessentially Australian quality of 'sprawl'. Plus a whirling drunken evening with Tony Harrison and a recollection of high summer from Sylvia Plath and Robert Graves.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

He guides us through a poetic landscape cast in frost, with requested poems by Ted Hughes, William Morris and Raymond Carver.

There's also a tender poem about fatherhood and language from the 2008 Forward Prize-winning poet Mick Imlah.

With readers Tanya Moodie, John Telfer and David Henry.

Roger Mcgough guides us through a poetic landscape cast in frost.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of poems for Valentine's Day, with love on the menu but no straightforward hearts and flowers.

Including poems on extraordinary manifestations of love by Edson Burton, Anne Sexton and John Updike, and poet Jenny Joseph reads from her new collection, Nothing Like Love.

Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of poems for Valentine's Day.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems learnt by heart while at school.

Including classic works by AA Milne, Thomas Hardy and 'Anon'.

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Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger Mcgough introduces Ts Eliot's Four Quartets.

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Roger Mcgough visits Cambridge University Library to see the wealth of poetry manuscripts held there.

The works range from what is arguably one of the earliest poems in English - the Hymn of Caedmon, dating to a codex prepared by Northumbrian monks in the year 737.

The programme ranges in time, then, from the Anglo Saxon period to contemporary work by Carol Ann Duffy and Ann Stevenson.

Roger is joined by librarian John Wells, and the actors Juliet Stevenson and David Bamber.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger Mcgough sees the wealth of poetry manuscripts held by Cambridge University Library.

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On Sunday 6th June, Roger Mcgough presents a special edition of Poetry Please exploring the work of the eminent First World War war poet, Siegfried Sassoon.

Recorded on location at Cambridge University Library, Roger meets manuscript librarian John Wells who shows him the highlights of their recently augmented Sassoon collection.

The reader is David Bamber.

Seven crates of Sassoon's trench notebooks and diaries were bought by the library after a successful fundraising drive - helped by a £550,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

We hear a draft of Sassoon's powerful denunciation of the war being read, in which the decorated officer refused to return to duty after being wounded.

Written in 1917, read out in the House of Commons, and published in The Times, 'A Soldier's Declaration' prompted a widespread debate.

The poet, whose work captured the futility of war, died in 1967.

In the programme Roger introduces requests for Sassoon's uncompromising poems such as 'Suicide in the Trenches', 'Glory of Women', and his friend Robert Graves' powerful poem, 'Dead Boche'.

Roger Mcgough explores Siegfried Sassoon's war poems at Cambridge University Library.

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In the fifth programme in the current series of Poetry Please, Roger Mcgough presents a seasonal selection of poetry requests.

Today several poems by modern female poets about flowers feature alongside a trio of pastoral poems from Seamus Heaney.

A poem for the Solstice by Louis Macneice gets in just ahead of the season too.

Readers: Finbar Lynch and Jasmine Hyde.

Producer: Tim Dee.

Roger Mcgough presents a seasonal selection of poetry requests.

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Programme 6 of 6.

Roger Mcgough presents some of the 154 sonnets of Shakespeare, masterpieces all of compressed emotion.

And to keep them company a selection from some other Seventeenth Century masters: John Donne, Andrew Marvell and Henry Vaughan.

Readers: Jasmine Hyde, Finbar Lynch and Paul Mundell.

Producer: Tim Dee.

Roger Mcgough introduces some of Shakespeare's sonnets and some other 17th-century masters.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a broad selection of listeners' poetry requests, including work by Keats, Vernon Scannell and Maura Dooley.

There are poems about bravery, wandering women, sleep and rain.

The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Jonjo O'Neill.

Maura Dooley reads her own poem, re-telling a story from 1833 of the attempts by the women of Mumbles Head to rescue their men from a capsized lifeboat.

There's a sonnet by Keats that might strike a chord with anyone who has felt the desperation of sleeplessness.

'Old Meg she was a gypsy' begins another, very different poem by Keats; 'Meg Merrilees.' It is one of those first lines of poetry that seems to have stuck in the minds of many listeners.

There's also an archive reading by Henry Sandon of 'Miss Thompson Goes Shopping' by Martin Armstrong.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests, including work by Keats and Martin Armstrong.

Roger McGough introduces a broad selection of listeners' poetry requests, including work by Keats, Vernon Scannell and Maura Dooley. There are poems about bravery, wandering women, sleep and rain. The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Jonjo O'Neill. Maura Dooley reads her own poem, re-telling a story from 1833 of the attempts by the women of Mumbles Head to rescue their men from a capsized lifeboat. There's a sonnet by Keats that might strike a chord with anyone who has felt the desperation of sleeplessness. 'Old Meg she was a gypsy' begins another, very different poem by Keats; 'Meg Merrilees.' It is one of those first lines of poetry that seems to have stuck in the minds of many listeners. There's also an archive reading by Henry Sandon of 'Miss Thompson Goes Shopping' by Martin Armstrong.

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Roger Mcgough with your requests, including poems by Kipling, Shelley and Yevtushenko.

Many of the poems in today's programme are about choices.

Some are about moral decisions.

For instance, Lorna Goodison reads her poem 'For Rosa Parks', about the black woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person.

There are poems about being coerced - like the child in Kipling's 'A Smuggler's Song'.

Derek Mahon's 'A Disused Shed in County Wexford' is about the voiceless; those that aren't even heard, let alone have choices to make.

W.H Auden urges us all to 'Leap Before You Look', Shelley rages about the state of England in 1819, and Porphyria's Lover makes a terrible decision in a poem by Browning.

The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Jonjo O'Neill.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger Mcgough introduces poems by Kipling, Shelley and Yevtushenko.

Many of the poems in today's programme are about choices. Some are about moral decisions. For instance, Lorna Goodison reads her poem 'For Rosa Parks', about the black woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. There are poems about being coerced - like the child in Kipling's 'A Smuggler's Song'. Derek Mahon's 'A Disused Shed in County Wexford' is about the voiceless; those that aren't even heard, let alone have choices to make. W.H Auden urges us all to 'Leap Before You Look', Shelley rages about the state of England in 1819, and Porphyria's Lover makes a terrible decision in a poem by Browning. The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Jonjo O'Neill.

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Roger Mcgough presents listeners' poetry requests, with work by Michael Longley, Edward Thomas and Lavinia Greenlaw.

The readers are Kenneth Cranham, Annette Badland and Jonjo O'Neill.

Imtiaz Dharker reads her own poem 'Speech Balloon' about that ubiquitous phrase 'Over the Moon.' There are other space-bound poems, including a moving elegy 'For the First Dog in Space.' Michael Longley introduces his grandson to the natural world in his poem 'The Leveret'.

Rites of passage in a young person's life are also marked by Billy Collins' poem 'On Turning Ten', read by nine year old Tyler Johnson, and in Roger's own verse written for his daughter Isobel when she passed her first decade.

There's also a lament by Edward Thomas about a soldier caught between enemy lines whose relief at his respite is punctuated by sorrow for his fallen comrades.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger Mcgough introduces poems by Michael Longley, Edward Thomas and Lavinia Greenlaw

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Roger Mcgough presents a mixture of poetry requests, including verse by Simon Armitage, Denise Levertov and John Keats.

The readers are Kenneth Cranham, Annette Badland and Jonjo O'Neill.

Elegies for lost lovers and dead trees ring out, with a quirky poem by the American Louis Untermeyer 'To a Telegraph Pole' and a poem about Orpheus, whose music made the trees dance.

Sue Hubbard reads her poem about his long suffering subterranean wife, Eurydice.

The seams of poetry and music are interlaced in Patrick Kavanagh's famous 'On Raglan Road', and we find out what ails the 'knight at arms, alone and palely loitering' in John Keats's 'La Belle Dames Sans Merci.' A half hour bound to hath thee in thrall.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger Mcgough introduces poems by Simon Armitage, Denise Levertov and John Keats

Roger McGough presents a mixture of poetry requests, including verse by Simon Armitage, Denise Levertov and John Keats. The readers are Kenneth Cranham, Annette Badland and Jonjo O'Neill. Elegies for lost lovers and dead trees ring out, with a quirky poem by the American Louis Untermeyer 'To a Telegraph Pole' and a poem about Orpheus, whose music made the trees dance. Sue Hubbard reads her poem about his long suffering subterranean wife, Eurydice. The seams of poetry and music are interlaced in Patrick Kavanagh's famous 'On Raglan Road', and we find out what ails the 'knight at arms, alone and palely loitering' in John Keats's 'La Belle Dames Sans Merci.' A half hour bound to hath thee in thrall.

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Roger McGough returns with an autumn series of Poetry Please.

Today poems by D H Lawrence including his great late masterpieces The Ship of Death and Bavarian Gentians, and a pair of dazzling birds - Hummingbird and Turkey Cock - read by David Bamber.

Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough introduces poems including two late masterpieces by DH Lawrence.

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Roger McGough presents an autumn edition focussing on Louis MacNeice and including parts of his Autumn Journal.

Paul Mundell is the reader.

Also two new poems by veteran Midlands poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough presents an autumn edition focussing on Louis MacNeice.

Roger McGough presents an autumn edition focussing on Louis MacNeice and including parts of his Autumn Journal. Paul Mundell is the reader. Also two new poems by veteran Midlands poet Roy Fisher.

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Roger McGough introduces a selection of requested American poems.

Peter Marinker is the reader.

Poets include Wallace Stevens, Carl Sandburg, John Crowe Ransome and Delmore Schwartz.

Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough introduces a selection of American poems.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of requested American poems.

Peter Marinker is the reader.

Poets include Wallace Stevens, Carl Sandburg, John Crowe Ransome and Delmore Schwartz.

Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of American poems.

Roger McGough introduces a selection of requested American poems. Peter Marinker is the reader. Poets include Wallace Stevens, Carl Sandburg, John Crowe Ransome and Delmore Schwartz. Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

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Roger McGough goes through the Poetry Please requests to find poems about the things that make a house a home.

Listeners suggest poetry evoking memories of home as a mercurial place of light and shade changing as we grow older.

There are poems by AA Milne, UA Fanthorpe, RL Stevenson which together go beyond the mere bricks and mortar into unique places and spaces for childhood and growth, for nourishment, for bereavement and decline.

Roger McGough shares poems by TS Eliot, AA Milne and RL Stevenson on the theme of 'home'.

Roger McGough goes through the Poetry Please requests to find poems about the things that make a house a home. Listeners suggest poetry evoking memories of home as a mercurial place of light and shade changing as we grow older. There are poems by AA Milne, UA Fanthorpe, RL Stevenson which together go beyond the mere bricks and mortar into unique places and spaces for childhood and growth, for nourishment, for bereavement and decline.

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Roger McGough introduces a miscellany of requested poems.

Autumn.

Rain storms.

Migrant birds.

Anton Lesser and Eleanor Tremain read.

The curious Victorian poet James Henry begins the programme.

Elizabeth Jennings and Edwin Muir follow.

Peter Reading's radio poem Maritime is at the heart of the edition: blending three stories, the desperate attempts of Odysseus to get home from Troy, a ship wreck in the Atlantic in 1609 and his own birdwatching memories from Hilbre Island.

Roger McGough introduces requested poems about autumn, rain storms and migrant birds.

Roger McGough introduces a miscellany of requested poems. Autumn. Rain storms. Migrant birds. Anton Lesser and Eleanor Tremain read.

The curious Victorian poet James Henry begins the programme. Elizabeth Jennings and Edwin Muir follow. Peter Reading's radio poem Maritime is at the heart of the edition: blending three stories, the desperate attempts of Odysseus to get home from Troy, a ship wreck in the Atlantic in 1609 and his own birdwatching memories from Hilbre Island.

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'Scotland small?' is the title of an indignant poem by Hugh MacDiarmid which sets the tone of this selection of requests for poems about Scotland.

Stella Gonet and Jimmy Yuill read a varied selection of works by Scottish poets ancient and modern, from Sir Walter Scott to Liz Lochhead.

In this programme Roger McGough also introduces requests for some poems by the internationally acclaimed Scottish poet Edwin Morgan who died aged 90 in August.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces poems about Scotland to mark the recent death of Edwin Morgan

'Scotland small?' is the title of an indignant poem by Hugh MacDiarmid which sets the tone of this selection of requests for poems about Scotland. Stella Gonet and Jimmy Yuill read a varied selection of works by Scottish poets ancient and modern, from Sir Walter Scott to Liz Lochhead. In this programme Roger McGough also introduces requests for some poems by the internationally acclaimed Scottish poet Edwin Morgan who died aged 90 in August.

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Roger McGough returns with half an hour of pure poetry.

The work of Edward Thomas, Kathleen Raine and Carol Ann Duffy features, with poems about teachers, moons, notable pauses, railway trips, and other journeys.

Keen fell walker and poetry fan Stuart Maconie reads Scafell Pike by the Cumbrian poet, Norman Nicholson, and Roger finds out what a discobolus is in a strange, ranting verse by the painter poet Samuel Butler.

The readers are Jonjo O'Neill, Alison McKenna and Peter Marinker.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Roger McGough returns with half an hour of pure poetry. The work of Edward Thomas, Kathleen Raine and Carol Ann Duffy features, with poems about teachers, moons, notable pauses, railway trips, and other journeys. Keen fell walker and poetry fan Stuart Maconie reads Scafell Pike by the Cumbrian poet, Norman Nicholson, and Roger finds out what a discobolus is in a strange, ranting verse by the painter poet Samuel Butler. The readers are Jonjo O'Neill, Alison McKenna and Peter Marinker.

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In a special edition, Roger McGough re-visits extracts from A.E Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad' read by the late Pete Postlethwaite, which were recorded in 1996.

There are so many well known lines from A.E.

Housman's poetry - 'Into My Heart an Air That Kills, 'When I Was One and Twenty', 'Ale's the Stuff,' to name just a few.

All feature in today's programme as Roger re-visits the readings that Pete Postlethwaite recorded of A.E.

Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad.' Though neither Pete Postlethwaite nor Housman came from Shropshire, it seems that both fell in love with its Blue Remembered Hills.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough revisits extracts from A Shropshire Lad read by the late Pete Postlethwaite.

There are so many well known lines from A.E. Housman's poetry - 'Into My Heart an Air That Kills, 'When I Was One and Twenty', 'Ale's the Stuff,' to name just a few. All feature in today's programme as Roger re-visits the readings that Pete Postlethwaite recorded of A.E. Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad.' Though neither Pete Postlethwaite nor Housman came from Shropshire, it seems that both fell in love with its Blue Remembered Hills.

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Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Today's programme includes a poem about a writing bureau that transmutes into a small forest, another about an imagined set of neighbours, a bitter love poem from the 8th century, and a sinister folkloric tale read by the poet Robin Robertson.

Other poets featured include Harold Nemerov, Lawrence Sail and Molly Holden.

The readers are Alison McKenna, Peter Marinker and Jonjo O'Neill.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners. Today's programme includes a poem about a writing bureau that transmutes into a small forest, another about an imagined set of neighbours, a bitter love poem from the 8th century, and a sinister folkloric tale read by the poet Robin Robertson. Other poets featured include Harold Nemerov, Lawrence Sail and Molly Holden. The readers are Alison McKenna, Peter Marinker and Jonjo O'Neill.

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A mixture of poetry requests to take us from dawn to dusk, with work by Norman MacCaig, Stephen Spender and Peter McDonald.

There's a languid poem dreamt up by the American James Wright as he lay in a hammock at dusk, one by DH Lawrence longing for the company of his love to watch the sun setting and a 'crop of stars' growing silently, and a wry warning to a deluded Lothario as he takes the night air to try his luck.

The readers are Jonjo O'Neill, Peter Marinker and Alison McKenna.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

A mixture of poetry requests to take us from dawn to dusk, with work by Norman MacCaig, Stephen Spender and Peter McDonald. There's a languid poem dreamt up by the American James Wright as he lay in a hammock at dusk, one by DH Lawrence longing for the company of his love to watch the sun setting and a 'crop of stars' growing silently, and a wry warning to a deluded Lothario as he takes the night air to try his luck.

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Roger McGough makes another foray into listeners' poetry requests, and comes up with a selection which largely reflects the season.

With guest appearances by contemporary poets Kate Clanchy and Helen Dunmore.

Producer Christine Hall.

Roger McGough with listeners' requested poems about summer.

Roger McGough makes another foray into listeners' poetry requests, and comes up with a selection which largely reflects the season. With guest appearances by contemporary poets Kate Clanchy and Helen Dunmore.

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Roger McGough with another selection of listeners' requests.

Subjects this week include sleeplessness and famous quotations taken from poems.

With specially recorded readings by contemporary poets Colette Bryce and Imtiaz Dharker.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry requests from listeners presented by Roger McGough.

Roger McGough with another selection of listeners' requests. Subjects this week include sleeplessness and famous quotations taken from poems. With specially recorded readings by contemporary poets Colette Bryce and Imtiaz Dharker.

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Throughout Autumn, Roger will be guiding us through a rich mixture of listeners' requests for poetry both old and new.

He will also be featuring poets reading their own work; Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland, Robin Robertson and Clare Pollard.

The first programme will include work by Thomas Hardy, Carole Satyamurti and Karl Shapiro.

The readers today are Mark Meadows, Jennifer Jellicorse and Catherine Cusack.

There are poems about car crashes, the weather, Beethoven's lost love and one about bad behaviour in public libraries.

There's escapist verse by WW Gibson and the American Shel Silverstein.

There's also a sad poem about a man's fancy handwriting by a poet new to the programme, Marianne Burton.

Making her debut appearance is the prize winning poet Jean Sprackland, reading 'Hard Water'.

And with readings by Michael Longley too, it makes for a typically rich half an hour of poetry.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Throughout Autumn, Roger will be guiding us through a rich mixture of listeners' requests for poetry both old and new. He will also be featuring poets reading their own work; Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland, Robin Robertson and Clare Pollard.

The first programme will include work by Thomas Hardy, Carole Satyamurti and Karl Shapiro. The readers today are Mark Meadows, Jennifer Jellicorse and Catherine Cusack. There are poems about car crashes, the weather, Beethoven's lost love and one about bad behaviour in public libraries. There's escapist verse by WW Gibson and the American Shel Silverstein. There's also a sad poem about a man's fancy handwriting by a poet new to the programme, Marianne Burton. Making her debut appearance is the prize winning poet Jean Sprackland, reading 'Hard Water'. And with readings by Michael Longley too, it makes for a typically rich half an hour of poetry.

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Scary horses, embittered husbands and prayers for birds feature in this edition of your poetry requests, presented by Roger McGough.

There's A Display of Mackerel by Mark Doty, admiring the iridescence and selflessness of those 'flashing participants.' Sylvia Plath is mussel hunting, and there's another powerful poem from across the pond; Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish'.

The abandoned merman calls out longingly for his deserting wife 'Margaret, Margaret', in Matthew Arnold's famous poem, and RS Thomas warns 'You must wear your eyes out' in a meditation on bird watching.

Clare Pollard also makes her debut on the programme with a poem inspired by a sinister folkloric tale involving horses, Pollock scales and spuming ale.

The other readers are Jennifer Jellicorse, Catherine Cusack and Mark Meadows.

Produced by Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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Roger McGough introduces a wide range of poetry requests, read by Mark Meadows and Catherine Cusack.

Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland and Clare Pollard also read their own work.

Bicycles, skips, alarm clocks and public statues all feature in poems today.

Topics include travel, faith, and political power, with work by Percy Shelley, T.S.

Eliot, George Herbert, Jenny Lewis and an archive recording of Michael Donaghy who died in 2004.

There are poems by two members of the Rhymers' Club, founded by Yeats in 1890.

One is by Ernest Dowson - listen out for a phrase that became a famous film and book title.

Robinson Jeffers and James Fenton consider existence with the help of vultures and skips, and there is an elegant story by David Scott of how the Marquis of Ripon rescued an Italian church from the brink of destruction.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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Grumpy poets, redundant hangmen and rats feature in today's richly mixed bag of poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell.

Roger McGough also introduces poets reading their own work; there's archive of W H Auden in typically terse mood as he does the rounds of a lecture tour in 'On the Circuit' and Jean Sprackland reads a moving remembrance of her father in her poem 'Dressing Gown'.

There are other portraits of family life by the late Ken Smith and the Welsh poet, Tony Curtis.

Produced by Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell and Mark Meadows.

Today's programme includes two tense cradle songs by Louis MacNeice, poems about significant pauses by Paul Muldoon and Jean Sprackland, and two wonderful pieces of distinctly Welsh verse.

Singer, 6 music presenter, and poetry lover Cerys Matthews reads a poem by the miner turned poet Idris Davies that's a clever take on the Welsh National Anthem.

'Welsh Incident' by Robert Graves captures a fantastically odd conversation, and there are other surreal offerings from Jules Renard and Günter Grass.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Today's programme includes two tense cradle songs by Louis MacNeice, poems about significant pauses by Paul Muldoon and Jean Sprackland, and two wonderful pieces of distinctly Welsh verse. Singer, 6 music presenter, and poetry lover Cerys Matthews reads a poem by the miner turned poet Idris Davies that's a clever take on the Welsh National Anthem. 'Welsh Incident' by Robert Graves captures a fantastically odd conversation, and there are other surreal offerings from Jules Renard and Günter Grass.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a varied selection of poetry requests read by Paul Mundell and Alison Reid.

Michael Longley reads a beautiful poem marking his grandson's first visit to his beloved Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo.

Roger considers the pros and cons of having an active social life with help from Philip Larkin, Wendy Cope and Owen Sheers.

Clare Pollard also recalls the haze of overindulgence at a thirtieth birthday party.

Poems from one end of the cynical spectrum to the other, with work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and a vitriolic piece by Baudelaire.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger Mcgough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Roger McGough introduces a varied selection of poetry requests read by Paul Mundell and Alison Reid. Michael Longley reads a beautiful poem marking his grandson's first visit to his beloved Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo. Roger considers the pros and cons of having an active social life with help from Philip Larkin, Wendy Cope and Owen Sheers. Clare Pollard also recalls the haze of overindulgence at a thirtieth birthday party. Poems from one end of the cynical spectrum to the other, with work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and a vitriolic piece by Baudelaire.

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Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners, read by Bill Paterson and Catherine Harvey.

The poetry requests this week take us up a mountain at two o'clock in the morning, and strolling back through time down pathways with Edward Thomas and UA Fanthorpe.

And Dylan Thomas takes us wandering under the apple boughs at 'Fern Hill.' Roger also introduces requests for the work of Elizabeth Jennings and Anne Ridler, who both died 10 years ago, and he re-visits an archive recording of Sorley MacLean reading his lament 'Hallaig'

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

The poetry requests this week take us up a mountain at two o'clock in the morning, and strolling back through time down pathways with Edward Thomas and UA Fanthorpe. And Dylan Thomas takes us wandering under the apple boughs at 'Fern Hill.' Roger also introduces requests for the work of Elizabeth Jennings and Anne Ridler, who both died 10 years ago, and he re-visits an archive recording of Sorley MacLean reading his lament 'Hallaig'

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Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests.

The readers are Bill Paterson and Catherine Harvey.

Today we go dancing with leaves in the wind, and sailing with Yeats.

Roger will be taking us on other metaphorically rich journeys with CP Cavafy, Michael Longley and a poet who is better known as a novelist: Sebastian Barry.

There's also a chance to hear Frances Cornford's poem To a Fat Lady, alongside its (arguably as well known) parody by GK Chesterton.

Rich autumnal offerings in verse.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests. The readers are Bill Paterson and Catherine Harvey.

Today we go dancing with leaves in the wind, and sailing with Yeats. Roger will be taking us on other metaphorically rich journeys with CP Cavafy, Michael Longley and a poet who is better known as a novelist: Sebastian Barry. There's also a chance to hear Frances Cornford's poem To a Fat Lady, alongside its (arguably as well known) parody by GK Chesterton. Rich autumnal offerings in verse.

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Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Roger goes in search of happiness, with the help of Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski.

There are some spooky diversions along the way, with poems by Goethe, Kipling and John Drinkwater.

Robin Robertson also reads his own poem The Wood of Lost Things, and there are some surreal offerings from Galway Kinnell, having breakfast with Keats, and a spot of de-cluttering with the beat poet Gregory Corso.

The readers are Garrick Hagon and Bill Paterson

Producer: Sarah Langan.

There are some spooky diversions along the way, with poems by Kipling and John Drinkwater.

Roger goes in search of happiness, with the help of Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. There are some spooky diversions along the way, with poems by Goethe, Kipling and John Drinkwater. Robin Robertson also reads his own poem The Wood of Lost Things, and there are some surreal offerings from Galway Kinnell, having breakfast with Keats, and a spot of de-cluttering with the beat poet Gregory Corso. The readers are Garrick Hagon and Bill Paterson

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Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.The stillness of winter is set ablaze with poems by Tomas Tranströmer, W.B. Yeats and Moniza Alvi.

The hush of winter lingers for miles in Robert Frost's famous poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. Robin Robertson reads his poem about the rumbling power of a frozen lake, and there are other celebrations of the sounds of winter by Janet Frame and Peter Didsbury. There are also plenty of colourful poetic interventions, with a poem of adoloescent love in Gary Soto's 'Oranges', cockerels 'cleaving the darkness' in a poem by Edward Thomas, and a man wearing red shoes like volcanoes dances his way through the weekend.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with red-hot poetry read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.

The hush of winter lingers for miles in Robert Frost's famous poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. Robin Robertson reads his poem about the rumbling power of a frozen lake, and there's another poem about the sounds of weather by Janet Frame. There are also plenty of colourful poetic interventions, with a poem of adolescent love in Gary Soto's 'Oranges', cockerels 'cleaving the darkness' in a poem by Edward Thomas, and a man wearing red shoes like volcanoes dances his way through the weekend.

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Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer. Kathryn Simmonds also reads her own work.

Conformity and subversion are among the themes that pop up today with Edna St Vincent Millay being merry on a ferry and William Carlos Williams prancing around naked, singing to himself. Eilťan Ní Chuilleanáin's poem Fireman's Lift recalls the experience of seeing Coreggio's frescoes in the dome of Parma Cathedral, and the vagabond poet W.H. Davies also makes the case for staring in his famous poem 'Leisure'.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry asked for by listeners, including this week poems by Brian Patten and Thomas Hardy. There is also a special focus on the work of the late Christopher Logue, a friend and inspiration to both Brian Patten and Roger himself.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry favourites nominated by listeners and presented by Roger McGough.

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More of listeners' poetry requests as Roger McGough, Martin Jarvis and Susan Jameson present a mix of material including an 18th century comic romp, some pieces of nostalgia and a poem asked for by more listeners than any other.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry requested by listeners is brought to life by Martin Jarvis and Susan Jameson

Poetry pleasures nominated by listeners, with Roger McGough.

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Roger McGough is joined on stage by Harriet Walter, John MacKay, Guy Paul and the poet Paul Henry to read poetry requests on the theme of listening and sounds. Coming live from St George's Hall in Bristol as part of the Radio 4 'More than Words' listening festival.

Poetry is meant to be heard, and Roger has been gathering requests for poems that celebrate the wonder of listening. The results may well include favourites like The Listeners by Walter de la Mare, poems about music, birdsong and the weather. But there will be surprises and new discoveries to tantalise or please the ear, and perhaps the heart too. Paul Henry will read his moving poem The Black Guitar and hears his request 'Counting the Beats' by Robert Graves.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a show from the Radio 4 More than Words listening festival.

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The first in a new series of Poetry Please. Roger McGough is joined in the studio by Wendy Cope, who reads a selection of her love poems and two requests from her latest collection. The readers are Nigel Anthony, Lucy Briers and Stuart McLoughlin.

Produced by Christine Hall.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' poetry requests read by Se√°n Gleeson, Barbara Barnes and Samuel West.

Roger kicks things off with a salute to Edward Lear, marking two hundred years since his birth. The poem is 'How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear'. It was written by Lear himself and describes the poet's visage as hideous and his body as 'perfectly spherical'. Roger makes a plea for requests for Lear poems for a special bicentennial edition planned for later in the year.

The poet Anna Crowe also joins the programme to read her poem 'Punk With Dulcimer' about an unusual encounter with a stranger on a train. A poem by Elizabeth Bishop in honour of her mentor, Marianne Moore, conjures up images of the poet flying over the New York skyline with a 'black capeful of butterfly wings and bon-mots' to offer poetic inspiration to her young protégé. There are also some bird poems, with works by Edward Thomas, Philip Larkin and perhaps the most famous poem about a bird ever written; Samuel West reads Ode to a Nightingale by Keats.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents two classic works and readings. First, the opening section of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas recorded in 1954. It's hard to resist Richard Burton inviting us to hush and 'come closer'.

Then, Paul Scofield reads Gerard Manley Hopkins' tormented cry The Wreck of the Deutschland. Composed after the foundering of a German boat in the Thames, it was also Hopkins first poem written since his conversion to Catholicism and becoming a Jesuit priest. As Hopkins said himself, it's a poem to be read by the ears, and there is no finer rendition than this 1975 gem from the archives.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests read by Sean Gleeson and Barbara Barnes.

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests read by Se√°n Gleeson and Barbara Barnes. This week's mixture includes an anti-war poem by James Joyce. We also hear the jaunty song recorded in 1902 that inspired Joyce's poem. Its refrain of "Mr Dooley-ooley-ooley-ooh" is pleasingly difficult to shake.

Roger dons a hybrid scouse-west country accent to indulge in a little Smuggling, courtesy of Rudyard Kipling and introduces work by one of his favourite poets, Norman MacCaig.

There's a clever and moving 'mirror' poem by Julia Copus, recalling a memory of a father, which is also the subject for a poem by Ken Smith. And Anna Crowe joins the programme to read her poem 'Alice and the Birds.'

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on subjects which range from birds to railways via love. The poems are read by Andrew Sachs and Catherine Harvey, with guest poets Cicely Herbert, John Siddique and Julian Stannard.

Producer Christine Hall.

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Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests, including readings of poems both old and new by the Irish poet Paul Durcan - one of which is in celebration of fathers.

Also, Lucy Black reads poems by Charlotte Mew, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, John Keats, Emily Bronte, George Byron and John Freeman.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests, including readings of poems both old and new by the Irish poet Paul Durcan.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' poetry requests, including specially recorded readings by the Irish poet Paul Durcan - one of which is his acerbic and amusing commentary on the recession in Ireland. Also, Lucy Black reads poems by William Blake, Milton, John Clare, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

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Roger McGough introduces an intriguing range of poems requested by listeners that juxtapose man's machine world with the natural one, and the ocean in particular. We'll hear works by JRR Tolkien, Michael Donaghy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and others.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

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Roger McGough with a brand new series, and a cheery selection of poetry requests.

Roger McGough challenges the notion that 'Happiness writes white' as he begins a new series with a cheering selection of poetry.

There are poems celebrating a sense of freedom in summertime by Elizabeth Jennings and Robert Frost. There's a delicate poem by Norman MacCaig about the beauty of rain and a selection of poems about weddings including a moving and joyful one that Ted Hughes wrote about the day he married Sylvia Plath. With Plath in her pink woollen knitted dress and Hughes beside her in his thrice dyed corduroy jacket, he talks of being subjected to a strange tense: that of the spellbound future.

Even poets not known for their cheeriness, Emily Dickinson and Charles Bukowski have happiness pouring out of them.

There are also poems about the joys of gardens by Kipling and the ancient Chinese poet Po Chu-i, and a beautiful Ethiopian tribal love poem.

The readers are Pippa Haywood, Patrick Romer and Harry Livingstone.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough with poetry requests, including work by Frost, Yeats and Julia Copus.

Roger McGough presents a varied selection of listeners' poetry requests with work by Frost, Yeats and Julia Copus. The readers are Pippa Haywood, Patrick Romer, Harry Livingstone and Philip Franks.

Poems that celebrate the miniscule and the massive, and from all sorts of perspectives and dimensions in between, starting with Robert Frost observing a tiny mite scurrying across his book. Moon poems feature too with work by Carol Ann Duffy, Ted Hughes and Yeats's deceptively simple yet beguiling tale of The Cat and The Moon. There's a famous love poem by ee cummings, and a skilful and moving 'mirror' poem by Julia Copus. There are also a handful of poems on the perspectives of war with work by the late Wislawa Szymborksa. And there's a note of warning about the passing of time, by Derek Mahon, in his poem 'Dog Days'.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents Welsh poets Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn and Paul Henry reading their poems that have been requested by listeners, as well as brand new pieces. Recorded in Cardiff.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Roger McGough has readings by Welsh poets Gillian Clarke, Paul Henry and Menna Elfyn.

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Roger McGough with a selection of poetry requests about secrets, art, nostalgia and libraries. The readers are Pippa Haywood, Patrick Romer and Harry Livingstone.

Serendipity guides Roger from poems about babies, Dutch masterpieces and the wonders of libraries. There's a poem by the playwright Bernard Kops about the charms of Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East, which closed a few years ago. There's also a poem by one of the less well celebrated poets of The Dymock group, as Wilfred Gibson recalls a summer evening in the company of those friends. Keats urges us to let our fancy roam, and there's a man who earns his keep by 'hunting for haddocks' eyes/Among the heather bright' and working them 'into waistcoat-buttons/In the silent night' in a parody by Lewis Carroll.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Serendipity guides Roger from poems about babies to swineherds, Dutch masterpieces and the wonders of libraries. A swineherd longs for retirement and the time to be able to listen to 'cream crawling to the top of the jug' in a poem by the Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. There's also a poem by the playwright Bernard Kops about the charms of Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East, which closed a few years ago. There's a poem by one of the less well celebrated poets of The Dymock group, as Wilfred Gibson recalls a summer evening in the company of those friends. Patrick Kavanagh is dreaming of his hometown Mucker in County Monaghan while Keats urges us to let our fancy roam, and there's a man who earns his keep by 'hunting for haddocks' eyes/Among the heather bright' and working them 'into waistcoat-buttons/In the silent night' in a parody by Lewis Carroll

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests, in company this week with poet Hugo Williams. Hugo chooses some favourite poems from listeners' requests and reads some of his own work.

The readers are Simon Williams and Siobhan Redmond.

Producer Christine Hall.

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Roger McGough with a selection of poems requested by listeners, in performances taken from the BBC archives. These include a stirring version, by Robert Powell, of Lord Macaulay's "Horatius at the Bridge", a waspish recitation of a Betjeman poem by Geraldine McEwan, and a moving reading of John Donne by the young Kenneth Branagh.

Producer Christine Hall.

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Roger McGough presents some tree poems, old and new, as the country contemplates losing its ashes. Part of a short season of tree programmes on BBC Radio 4. Poets Simon Armitage, Kathleen Jamie, Alice Oswald and Robin Robertson read some of their own poems, including new work, and some much loved and requested favourite tree poems including work by DH Lawrence, Philip Larkin, Thomas Hardy, WB Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Producer: Tim Dee.

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Presented by poet Annie Freud, with the former American Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and poets August Kleinzahler and Mark Ford.

William Carlos Williams is known as a revolutionary figure in poetry but, in comparison to his friend Ezra Pound and American writers including TS Eliot and Gertrude Stein, who sought a more exciting environment for creativity in Europe, Williams lived a strikingly conventional life.

A doctor for more than forty years serving the New Jersey town of Rutherford, he relied on his patients and the America around him to create a distinctively American verse. His lifelong quest was that poetry should mirror the speech of the American people.

A second generation immigrant, he sought to make something of the people and for the people in America. He was mocked by Pound who came from centuries of Americans and wrote to him "My dear boy, you have never felt the whoop of the PEEraries", but their correspondence was vital in developing the poetry of Imagism, which Pound would formally name in 1912.

Williams' sense of ordinary people, living in a real place not an imagined city of ancient relics and memory, defined America for him and infused his work. He got rid of the high blown poetic language of Europe, paring down his verse to essential, unemotional, broken lines. His famous poem The Red Wheelbarrow, published in 1923, is 16 words on 8 lines.

He was awarded the Pulitzer prize for poetry, posthumously, in the year he died 1963. He is America's first true poet.

Producer: Kate Bland

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

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Roger McGough presents a varied, warm, yet slush-free selection of Christmas poetry requests.

A moving poem called The Shepherd by Edward Kaulfuss will strike a chord with anyone who has felt estranged at a Christmas gathering. T.S. Eliot's 'The Journey of The Magi' with its complexities and doubt features alongside other classics like Hardy's ever hopeful poem The Oxen (it wouldn't be Christmas without it, after all) and Laurie Lee's Christmas Landscape. Another thoughtful nativity poem comes from a poet perhaps better known for her caustic wit; Dorothy Parker.

There are some nostalgic poems from Ireland, including Patrick Kavanagh's poem 'A Christmas Childhood' where the six year old Kavanagh saw the magic in the mundane ("my child poet picked out the letters/On the grey stone/In silver the wonder of a Christmas townland") as his father's melodeon called out to his neighbours. John Montague's poem The Silver Flask marks the brief reunion of a family dispersed from County Tyrone to Brooklyn, where Montague himself was born.

Coventry Patmore's poem The Toys might just move the hardest cynic heart to tears, whilst Hugh MacMillan's 'Saturday Afternoon at the Grotto' injects a healthy sense of Glaswegian realism.

The readers are John Mackay, Ian McElhinney and Eleanor Tremain.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents a diverse selection of listeners' poetry requests on the theme of time. The readers are Ian McElhinney and John Mackay.

Pianos, mountains, train stations and even coffee provide the inspiration for poems on the theme of time. There's a dystopian vision of earth in the future in a poem by Sheenagh Pugh. Thomas Hardy wonders what people may say of him when he's gone in 'Afterwards', whilst Cecil Day Lewis's meditation on New Year's Eve urges us to cherish the 'dying, but never dead' state of now.

There's a rarely heard piece of archive of the poet Tony Harrison reading his poem Old Soldiers which was inspired by his childhood memory of a repeating image on a coffee label that seemed to stretch to infinity. Jackie Kay also reads her own work in a moving dialect poem about an old friendship.

Other poets reading their own work include two winners of the recent Gardeners' World Magazine's Poetry Competition.

There are also a few significant pauses at train stations with poems by John Montague and Tomas Tranströmer. John Dryden's speech 'When I Consider Life' is a glorious rant, and Tennyson roars to the world in this poem 'I Stood on a Tower in the Wet.'

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents requests for a range of playful poems that have a musical and satirical theme by WH Auden, Wallace Stevens, Anne Sexton and others. The readers are Patrick Romer, Kate Littlewood and Alun Raglan.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

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Roger McGough presents requests for poems on subjects as varied as the sounds of flowing water, Tarzan as an old man, galloping cats and peaceful Sunday mornings. The readers are Patrick Romer, Kate Littlewood and Alun Raglan.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

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Barbara Flynn reads a lightly abridged version of the macabre classic by John Keats: 'Isabella, or - the Pot of Basil'. Presented by Roger McGough.

Written in 1818, 'Isabella; or the Pot of Basil' is a hauntingly beautiful tale of devotion to a lost love. Fair Isabella falls for a servant, Lorenzo, much to the annoyance of her brothers. They had hoped to marry her off to some Florentine nobleman. So they contrive to murder poor Lorenzo. However, the brothers underestimate the power of the couple's love to endure. Through death, apparitions, exhumations and theft, Isabella's love persists - albeit with a little help from an aged dame and some unconventional gardening techniques. Basil may never taste quite the same again!

With its origins in 14th century stories written by Boccaccio, Keats's re-telling inspired the Pre-Raphaelite artists Holman Hunt and Millais to paint two very different visions of Isabella.

A chilling tale - perfect for a winter's night - beautifully read by Barbara Flynn.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough with a selection of listeners' poetry requests. Leontia Flynn reads her own poems. John MacKay and Eleanor Tremain read work by others including Larkin, Milosz and Charles Causley.

Inspiration is the theme of two of the poems today in Charles Causley's lovely 'Kelly Wood' , and one by the Estonian, Jaan Kaplinski. There are a couple of love poems - one by RS Thomas and one by Moniza Alvi, tempered by Larkin's typical cynicism in 'Love Songs in Age'. Larkin was the poet who really sparked Leontia Flynn's interest in poetry and she joins the programme to read a poem about comfortably resisting the urge to travel, and to introduce a selection of her work from her highly commended collection 'Profit and Loss'.

There's also a poem advocating the joys of metaphor by Mark Doty, a clever and moving one by the late Wislawa Szymborska called 'Cat in an Empty Apartment', and Hopkins' magical celebration of weeds and wilderness, 'Inversnaid'.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

There's also a poem advocating the joys of metaphor by Mark Doty, a clever and moving one by the late Wislawa Szymoborska called 'Cat in an Empty Apartment', and Hopkin's magical celebration of weeds and wilderness, 'Inversnaid'.

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Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests, including by the late Adrian Mitchell.

Roger McGough introduces poems requested by listeners.

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Poetry marking the winter of 1963, the long season of snow and cold during which the poet Sylvia Plath died. Listeners' requests for her work include Morning Song, Balloons and Wuthering Heights. The readers are Fenella Woolgar and Paul Mundell, with readings of their own work by poets Paul Farley, Eavan Boland, Jacob Polley and MR Peacocke.

Producer Christine Hall.

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Liz Lochhead was appointed as Makar in January 2011, taking on this role of Scotland's national poet. We find out what it means for this established and highly respected poet and playwright.

We join Liz Lochhead on her tour of duty as she attends the Robert Burns Museum in Ayrshire with Carol Ann Duffy, visits schools across Scotland and speaks out at the Poetry Library in Edinburgh.

This is a personal observation on her life and work in Scotland, and Liz takes us to visit her favourite corner of the country on the wild and unspoilt west coast near Skye.

She reflects on the importance of the job for her, which she accepted as she says, "in grateful recognition of the truth that poetry - the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart - all of this matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere."

With readings of Liz Lochhead's poems and contributions from leading writers and critics across Scotland and beyond.

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Roger McGough presents the first in a new series of poems requested by listeners, with an edition that dares to walk on the wilder side, focusing on feelings other than those that relate to love. If the emotions felt in a single day were mapped across a life, what would be encountered? We hear poems that touch upon darker feelings, such as hatred, shame and remembrance.

Joined by the actors Patrick Romer, Kate Littlewood and Alun Raglan, Roger introduces poems by the likes of the footloose Verlaine, some sharply observed gems by Emily Dickinson, a dark poem about shame by the American poet Richard Wilbur, and a lament that conjures up powerful suburban frustrations, written by the Bristol-based poet and novelist, Helen Dunmore.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

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Roger McGough with a varied selection of poetry requests.

Poems of praise to the lowly and the heavenly, including work by George Barker and RS Thomas who were both born one hundred years ago this year. RS Thomas's 'A Marriage' is tender and moving; "We met under a shower of bird notes", and he analyses the powerful stillness of the atmosphere 'In Church.' Poems by another priest poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins also feature, with his sonnet to Felix Randall, which he wrote after the death of a parishioner of his while he was a priest in Liverpool, as well as 'God's Grandeur'. There will be many secular exultations too though, with Les Murray paying homage to the bed, Emily Dickinson to the sea and a paean to the music of Bach by the Swedish poet Lars Gustafsson. With readings by John Mackay and guest poets Leontia Flynn and Paula Meehan.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough presents a wide selection of poetry requests. This week - fresh renditions of classic as well as contemporary poems, as some of the choices will be recited by teenagers taking part in the national Poetry by Heart competition finals. A Poetry Archive initiative, Andrew Motion has described the competition as "A way for 14- to 18-year olds to have serious fun while they extend their reading, deepen their powers of appreciation, and memorise beautiful and intriguing poems which will enrich their lives for ever."

Poems include Love From a Foreign City by Lavinia Greenlaw, a fantastic rendition of Welsh Incident by Robert Graves and a not to be missed recitation in Middle English from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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A typically untypical range of poems, read by Kerry Elkins and John Mackay. Sublime and surreal poems nestle comfortably alongside heartfelt tales of loss and longing. Poems include Stevie Smith's macabre work The River God and a more benign reflection on nature from the great pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti in his poem 'Silent Noon'. Alastair Reid's work makes regular appearances on the programme but it's usually in the form of his translations of Pablo Neruda's work, so Roger takes the chance to introduce some of his own poetry; the beguiling 'What's What' and a simply beautiful one called 'Oddments, Inklings, Omens, Movements.'

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Roger McGough with requests for poetry by John Agard, Louise Bennett and Kathleen Jamie.

Roger McGough encounters a mango for the first time, meets the Queen of Sheba and hears how spoken word artist Steven Duncan is inspired by his grandma's wise words.

Listeners have requested a poem from his play 'The Mother' that got Bertolt Brecht into hot water with the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and another by the champion of Jamaican patois, Louise Bennett-Coverley 'Colonization in Reverse'.

With readers Alex Lanipekun, Hannah Wood and Nadia Williams.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

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Roger McGough presents poems to make you glad to be awake, alive and not in prison.

Listeners requests include the moving and uplifting poem 'Things I didn't know i Loved' by Nazim Hikmet; 'The Land of Mists' by the South Korean poet Kim Kwang-kyu; and an extraordinary poem contemplating the kind of miracle Polish poet Piotr Kniecicki would wish for if he could: 'Not Quite Convinced.'

There are also two poems by A E Housman and Slam Poetry champion Hollie McNish performs 'British National Breakfast'.

Roger is joined by readers Alex Lanipekun and Mark Meadows.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests, from Lewis Carroll to Billy Collins via Kipling and Rossetti. There's also a close look at the poetry of Raymond Carver. With readers Harriet Walter and Guy Paul.

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Roger McGough presents a mixed bag as requested by listeners, including poems by Allan Ahlberg and DH Lawrence for teachers returning to work, Keats' classic Autumnal ode, and watery poetry by Thomas Hardy and Charles Tomlinson. There's also James Joyce and Thom Gunn, and Sean Street reading his paean to a jazz great, 'Hearing Buddy Bolden'.

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Roger McGough presents a mixed bag of listeners poetry requests, from Emily Bronte to Philip Larkin. Topics covered include religion, a trip to the seaside and a really embarrassing dinner party. Women poets writing in the 19th and 20th centuries are highlighted, with work by Christina Rossetti, Mary Webb, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Emily Dickinson.

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Roger McGough introduces poems requested by listeners.

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Roger Mcgough presents a selection of wildlife poetry including DH Lawrence's famous encounter with a Snake, Elizabeth Bishop's observations of The Fish and Edwin Morgan's satirical poem about our responses to noisy neighbours in The Starlings in George Square.

Readers are John Mackay and Bonnie Hurren.

Also featured are two of the winners from the BBC Wildlife Magazine Poetry Competition.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poetry, from Yevtushenko to Yeats, read by actors including Stephen Rea, Judi Dench, Paul Scofield and Ronald Pickup.

Felix Dennis reads one of his own poems, as does Roger himself.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' favourite poetry, from Yevtushenko to Yeats, read by actors including Stephen Rea, Judi Dench, Paul Scofield and Ronald Pickup. Felix Dennis reads one of his own poems, as does Roger himself.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry by husband and wife Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, including The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Readers are Gabriel Woolf and Rosalind Shanks.

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Roger McGough revisits some of the beautiful readings recorded for Poetry Please by the actor Paul Scofield, who died in March.

Juliet Stevenson joined him in 1998 to read a wide selection of verse for the programme, including work by W H Auden, Walter de la Mare, Sylvia Plath, sonnets from Shakespeare, Chinese lyrics translated by Helen Waddell and a cheering poem by Gavin Ewart about loving the wrong kind of people.

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Roger McGough introduces a special edition, recorded at The Hay Festival.

Listeners' requests are read by Richard Mitchley and Manon Edwards.

Special guest is poet Gwyneth Lewis.

Roger McGough introduces a special edition of the poetry magazine, recorded at The Hay Festival and featuring poetry from both sides of the Welsh border.

Roger McGough introduces a special edition, recorded at The Hay Festival. Listeners' requests are read by Richard Mitchley and Manon Edwards. Special guest is poet Gwyneth Lewis.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems with a distinctly Gothic and funereal flavour, including Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.

Readers are Patrick Romer and Noni Lewis.

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Presented by Roger Mcgough.

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, John Mackay reads some of his greatest poems, as requested by listeners.

Lia Williams reads other listeners' requests, including poems by ASJ Tessimond, Liz Lochhead and Lotte Kramer.

John Mackay reads poems by Robert Burns to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of poems by the late Adrian Mitchell, chosen and read by some of his friends and fellow poets.

Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of poems by the late Adrian Mitchell

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems by Ernest Dowson, DH Lawrence, Laurie Lee and popular contemporary poet UA Fanthorpe.

Roger Mcgough introduces poems by Ernest Dowson, DH Lawrence, Laurie Lee and UA Fanthorpe.

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Roger Mcgough celebrates the work of Vernon Scannell and Stevie Smith, and looks forward to spring in a selection of listeners' requests including the work of MR Peacocke, a keen observer of the natural world.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests and looks forward to spring.

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Roger Mcgough introduces a reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's classic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, read by Finbar Lynch.

Featuring a reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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Roger Mcgough presents listeners' requests for works with an environmental theme, including Alan Brownjohn's deceptively simple, unsettling poem from the 1960s, We Are Going to See the Rabbit, and two of Jo Shapcott's Mad Cow poems, written in response to the BSE crisis.

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' requests for works with an environmental theme.

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Roger Mcgough is joined by poet Tony Harrison for a new reading of Newcastle is Peru.

Roger Mcgough is joined by poet Tony Harrison for a new reading of Newcastle is Peru, and introduces poems by Frances Horowitz and the winner of the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year competition, Heather Reid.

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests, read by Henry Goodman and Selina Cadell.

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Roger Mcgough presents a special programme, live from the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Featured poets include Wendy Cope, Michael Longley, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Hamilton and James Tate.

Readers are Eleanor Tremain and John Lightbody

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Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests for poems by Emily Bronte, Sheenagh Pugh and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

With readers Nadia Williams, Burt Caesar and Adjoa Andoh.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests.

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In the lead up to Valentine's Day, Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests for poems on the subject of love.

Burt Caesar, Mark Meadows and Adjoa Andoh read poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Sophie Hannah and W H Auden.

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests for poems on the subject of love.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems by AE Housman and Walt Whitman, including from A Shropshire Lad and O Captain, My Captain.

The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Peter Marinker.

Roger Mcgough introduces poems by AE Housman and Walt Whitman

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Carol Ann Duffy and others pay tribute to the poet UA Fanthorpe, who died recently.

Describing herself as a 'middle-aged dropout', Fanthorpe only began writing at 50.

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Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of its author and the 150th anniversary of its publication, a celebration of Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Gabriel Woolf reads what has been called 'the most popular verse translation into English ever made'.

Gabriel Woolf reads Edward Fitzgerald's 1859 poem The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems including works by Milton, Ben Okri and Mary Oliver.

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Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems about space by Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney and others.

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems about space.

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Listeners' requests for poems lead Roger Mcgough to swim with seals in icy waters, recall the wives of Thomas Hardy and contemplate life and death while talking about a tea tray.

With readers Renu Brindle, Paul Mundell and Rupert Wickham.

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Roger Mcgough presents a special edition devoted to the poetry of Tennyson, as part of the poet's bicentenary celebrations.

Tennyson is one of the most frequently requested 19th-century poets on the programme, and this edition features readings of his works including The Lady of Shallot, The Throstle and Crossing the Bar.

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Roger Mcgough presents requests for much-loved poems that contrast the joy of living with the experience of memory loss.

Roger Mcgough presents poems about the joy of living and the experience of memory loss.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems including An Overworked Elocutionist by Carolyn Wells.

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems including An Overworked Elocutionist by Carolyn Wells, in which a confused boy struggles to master a maelstrom of famous first lines.

The readers are Kate Littlewood, Jon Strickland, Bonnie Hurren and Zahra Barri.

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Roger Mcgough introduces poems from 'across the pond'.

There's a bus ride in Nova Scotia and a few trips to the cinema, with works by Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O'Hara and Billy Collins.

For good measure, there's also a Swedish poem about growing up and a very English poem with a host of bluebells.

The readers are Jennifer Jellicorse and Kerry Shale.

Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of mainly American poetry.

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Roger McGough introduces poems by Ernest Dowson, DH Lawrence, Laurie Lee and UA Fanthorpe.

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Roger McGough introduces a varied selection of poetry requests read by Paul Mundell and Alison Reid. Michael Longley reads a beautiful poem marking his grandson's first visit to his beloved Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo. Roger considers the pros and cons of having an active social life with help from Philip Larkin, Wendy Cope and Owen Sheers. Clare Pollard also recalls the haze of overindulgence at a thirtieth birthday party. Poems from one end of the cynical spectrum to the other, with work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and a vitriolic piece by Baudelaire.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

03/07/201120110709

Roger McGough with another selection of listeners' requests. Subjects this week include sleeplessness and famous quotations taken from poems. With specially recorded readings by contemporary poets Colette Bryce and Imtiaz Dharker.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry requests from listeners presented by Roger McGough.

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Roger McGough goes through the Poetry Please requests to find poems about the things that make a house a home. Listeners suggest poetry evoking memories of home as a mercurial place of light and shade changing as we grow older. There are poems by AA Milne, UA Fanthorpe, RL Stevenson which together go beyond the mere bricks and mortar into unique places and spaces for childhood and growth, for nourishment, for bereavement and decline.

Roger McGough shares poems by TS Eliot, AA Milne and RL Stevenson on the theme of 'home'.

04/07/201020100710

Roger McGough introduces a broad selection of listeners' poetry requests, including work by Keats, Vernon Scannell and Maura Dooley. There are poems about bravery, wandering women, sleep and rain. The readers are Kenneth Cranham and Jonjo O'Neill. Maura Dooley reads her own poem, re-telling a story from 1833 of the attempts by the women of Mumbles Head to rescue their men from a capsized lifeboat. There's a sonnet by Keats that might strike a chord with anyone who has felt the desperation of sleeplessness. 'Old Meg she was a gypsy' begins another, very different poem by Keats; 'Meg Merrilees.' It is one of those first lines of poetry that seems to have stuck in the minds of many listeners. There's also an archive reading by Henry Sandon of 'Miss Thompson Goes Shopping' by Martin Armstrong.

Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests, including work by Keats and Martin Armstrong

04/09/201120110910

Scary horses, embittered husbands and prayers for birds feature in this edition of your poetry requests, presented by Roger McGough.

There's A Display of Mackerel by Mark Doty, admiring the iridescence and selflessness of those 'flashing participants.' Sylvia Plath is mussel hunting, and there's another powerful poem from across the pond; Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish'.

The abandoned merman calls out longingly for his deserting wife 'Margaret, Margaret', in Matthew Arnold's famous poem, and RS Thomas warns 'You must wear your eyes out' in a meditation on bird watching.

Clare Pollard also makes her debut on the programme with a poem inspired by a sinister folkloric tale involving horses, Pollock scales and spuming ale.

The other readers are Jennifer Jellicorse, Catherine Cusack and Mark Meadows.

Produced by Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Scary horses, embittered husbands and prayers for birds feature in this edition of your poetry requests, presented by Roger McGough. There's A Display of Mackerel by Mark Doty, admiring the iridescence and selflessness of those 'flashing participants.' Sylvia Plath is mussel hunting, and there's another powerful poem from across the pond; Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish'. The abandoned merman calls out longingly for his deserting wife 'Margaret, Margaret', in Matthew Arnold's famous poem, and RS Thomas warns 'You must wear your eyes out' in a meditation on bird watching. Clare Pollard also makes her debut on the programme with a poem inspired by a sinister folkloric tale involving horses, Pollock scales and spuming ale.

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Roger McGough with a rich mixture of poetry requests read by John Sessions and Lisa Kerr.

Poems of temptation, and of lost loves and places, featuring a couple of snakes, a rusty fridge and a talking bull walrus. With W.S. Graham's lovely poem of longing for a favourite place from childhood, Loch Thom, and Kathryn Simmonds reads her own poems, including a love poem about a couple united by their dislike of the film The Fifth Element. There's a dash of acidity from Philip Larkin and a healthy dose of danger in a couple of snake poems by Denise Levertov and D.H. Lawrence. There's also a deceptive villanelle by Elizabeth Bishop and an unlikely conversation in a poem by the late Canadian poet Alden Nowlen.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with poetry requests read by John Sessions and Lisa Kerr.

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Roger McGough with a varied selection of poetry requested by listeners, including subjects as diverse as gardening, Heaven, and whether or not writing is poetry counts as proper work.

Producer Christine Hall.

Roger McGough with a selection of listeners' favourite poems.

06/02/201120110212

The greatest of all musician-poets was Orpheus, the lyre player and lyricist who charmed even the birds and the beasts, but went to hell and back in pursuit of his enduring love, Eurydice. Of course, he ignored the injunctions against glancing back at her whilst leaving Hades, and lost her for all time. It's a myth that has captured the imagination of poets since time immemorial. In this edition of Poetry Please Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that shed unexpected, many-angled light upon this vital, evergreen tale, with works by , Carol Ann Duffy, CK Williams and others.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that explore the myth of Orpheus in Hades.

06/03/201120110312

Roger McGough introduces requests for inspiring poems, including the result of the Winning Words project. This asked the British public to suggest lines that might encourage athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as future generations of Londoners. Find out which lines, nominated by the public and selected by a panel which included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, will be engraved on the wall in the Athletes' Village in the Olympic Park. The programme includes some of Roger McGough's own poems on a sporting theme, taken from his collection 'Sporting Relations'.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that could inspire athletes at the Olympics.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests and looks forward to spring.

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Roger McGough returns with half an hour of pure poetry. The work of Edward Thomas, Kathleen Raine and Carol Ann Duffy features, with poems about teachers, moons, notable pauses, railway trips, and other journeys. Keen fell walker and poetry fan Stuart Maconie reads Scafell Pike by the Cumbrian poet, Norman Nicholson, and Roger finds out what a discobolus is in a strange, ranting verse by the painter poet Samuel Butler. The readers are Jonjo O'Neill, Alison McKenna and Peter Marinker.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners, read by Bill Paterson and Catherine Harvey.

The poetry requests this week take us up a mountain at two o'clock in the morning, and strolling back through time down pathways with Edward Thomas and UA Fanthorpe. And Dylan Thomas takes us wandering under the apple boughs at 'Fern Hill.' Roger also introduces requests for the work of Elizabeth Jennings and Anne Ridler, who both died 10 years ago, and he re-visits an archive recording of Sorley MacLean reading his lament 'Hallaig'

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

10/10/2010
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Roger McGough introduces a miscellany of requested poems. Autumn. Rain storms. Migrant birds. Anton Lesser and Eleanor Tremain read.

The curious Victorian poet James Henry begins the programme. Elizabeth Jennings and Edwin Muir follow. Peter Reading's radio poem Maritime is at the heart of the edition: blending three stories, the desperate attempts of Odysseus to get home from Troy, a ship wreck in the Atlantic in 1609 and his own birdwatching memories from Hilbre Island.

Roger McGough introduces requested poems about autumn, rain storms and migrant birds.

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Roger McGough introduces a wide range of poetry requests, read by Mark Meadows and Catherine Cusack.

Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland and Clare Pollard also read their own work.

Bicycles, skips, alarm clocks and public statues all feature in poems today.

Topics include travel, faith, and political power, with work by Percy Shelley, T.S.

Eliot, George Herbert, Jenny Lewis and an archive recording of Michael Donaghy who died in 2004.

There are poems by two members of the Rhymers' Club, founded by Yeats in 1890.

One is by Ernest Dowson - listen out for a phrase that became a famous film and book title.

Robinson Jeffers and James Fenton consider existence with the help of vultures and skips, and there is an elegant story by David Scott of how the Marquis of Ripon rescued an Italian church from the brink of destruction.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Bicycles, skips, alarm clocks and public statues all feature in poems today. Topics include travel, faith, and political power, with work by Percy Shelley, T.S. Eliot, George Herbert, Jenny Lewis and an archive recording of Michael Donaghy who died in 2004. There are poems by two members of the Rhymers' Club, founded by Yeats in 1890. One is by Ernest Dowson - listen out for a phrase that became a famous film and book title. Robinson Jeffers and James Fenton consider existence with the help of vultures and skips, and there is an elegant story by David Scott of how the Marquis of Ripon rescued an Italian church from the brink of destruction.

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To stem the syrupiness of Valentine's day, Roger McGough presents a selection of spine chilling poetry. Jealousy rears its ugly head with dire consequences in two sinister poems by Robert Browning. Roger recalls adolescent days spent in the company of a German girl called Ursula, who would recite poems by Goethe in German. So to indulge him a little, and to enjoy the poem as the poet wrote it, guest Iris Pflueger-Bassett reads Der Erlkönig in German. John Sessions and Lisa Kerr read Walter Scott's translation of it, with a little help from a well-known musical setting of the poem by Schubert. The refrain of 'Nevermore' haunts the airwaves in Poe's classic poem The Raven and a little girl goes missing in a snow-storm in a poem by Wordsworth. The other readers are Timothy West, Clive Swift and Catherine Harvey.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a selection of spine-chilling poetry requested by listeners.

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Roger McGough returns with an autumn series of Poetry Please.

Today poems by D H Lawrence including his great late masterpieces The Ship of Death and Bavarian Gentians, and a pair of dazzling birds - Hummingbird and Turkey Cock - read by David Bamber.

Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough introduces poems including two late masterpieces by DH Lawrence.

Roger McGough returns with an autumn series of Poetry Please. Today poems by D H Lawrence including his great late masterpieces The Ship of Death and Bavarian Gentians, and a pair of dazzling birds - Hummingbird and Turkey Cock - read by David Bamber. Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests to stir the senses.

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Carol Ann Duffy and others pay tribute to the poet UA Fanthorpe, who died recently.

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Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.The stillness of winter is set ablaze with poems by Tomas Tranströmer, W.B. Yeats and Moniza Alvi.

The hush of winter lingers for miles in Robert Frost's famous poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. Robin Robertson reads his poem about the rumbling power of a frozen lake, and there's another poem about the sounds of weather by Janet Frame. There are also plenty of colourful poetic interventions, with a poem of adolescent love in Gary Soto's 'Oranges', cockerels 'cleaving the darkness' in a poem by Edward Thomas, and a man wearing red shoes like volcanoes dances his way through the weekend.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with red-hot poetry read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.

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In a special edition, Roger McGough re-visits extracts from A.E Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad' read by the late Pete Postlethwaite, which were recorded in 1996.

There are so many well known lines from A.E. Housman's poetry - 'Into My Heart an Air That Kills, 'When I Was One and Twenty', 'Ale's the Stuff,' to name just a few. All feature in today's programme as Roger re-visits the readings that Pete Postlethwaite recorded of A.E. Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad.' Though neither Pete Postlethwaite nor Housman came from Shropshire, it seems that both fell in love with its Blue Remembered Hills.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough revisits extracts from A Shropshire Lad read by the late Pete Postlethwaite.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests. The readers are Bill Paterson and Catherine Harvey.

Today we go dancing with leaves in the wind, and sailing with Yeats. Roger will be taking us on other metaphorically rich journeys with CP Cavafy, Michael Longley and a poet who is better known as a novelist: Sebastian Barry. There's also a chance to hear Frances Cornford's poem To a Fat Lady, alongside its (arguably as well known) parody by GK Chesterton. Rich autumnal offerings in verse.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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Roger McGough introduces poems by AE Housman and Walt Whitman.

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From the cradle to the grave: Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that mark life's major transitions and turning points. There are works that celebrate the arrival of new life, while others mark childhood, adolescence, middle and old age. Tessa Nicholson and Alun Raglan read a rich selection of poems by William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Christina Rossetti and others.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces poems that mark life's transitions, from the cradle to the grave.

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Roger McGough is joined on stage by Harriet Walter, John MacKay, Guy Paul and the poet Paul Henry to read poetry requests on the theme of listening and sounds. Coming live from St George's Hall in Bristol as part of the Radio 4 'More than Words' listening festival.

Poetry is meant to be heard, and Roger has been gathering requests for poems that celebrate the wonder of listening. The results may well include favourites like The Listeners by Walter de la Mare, poems about music, birdsong and the weather. But there will be surprises and new discoveries to tantalise or please the ear, and perhaps the heart too. Paul Henry will read his moving poem The Black Guitar and hears his request 'Counting the Beats' by Robert Graves.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a show from the Radio 4 More than Words listening festival.

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Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests, with work by Michael Longley, Edward Thomas and Lavinia Greenlaw. The readers are Kenneth Cranham, Annette Badland and Jonjo O'Neill. Imtiaz Dharker reads her own poem 'Speech Balloon' about that ubiquitous phrase 'Over the Moon.' There are other space-bound poems, including a moving elegy 'For the First Dog in Space.' Michael Longley introduces his grandson to the natural world in his poem 'The Leveret'. Rites of passage in a young person's life are also marked by Billy Collins' poem 'On Turning Ten', read by nine year old Tyler Johnson, and in Roger's own verse written for his daughter Isobel when she passed her first decade. There's also a lament by Edward Thomas about a soldier caught between enemy lines whose relief at his respite is punctuated by sorrow for his fallen comrades.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough introduces poems by Michael Longley, Edward Thomas and Lavinia Greenlaw.

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Grumpy poets, redundant hangmen and rats feature in today's richly mixed bag of poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell.

Roger McGough also introduces poets reading their own work; there's archive of W H Auden in typically terse mood as he does the rounds of a lecture tour in 'On the Circuit' and Jean Sprackland reads a moving remembrance of her father in her poem 'Dressing Gown'.

There are other portraits of family life by the late Ken Smith and the Welsh poet, Tony Curtis.

Produced by Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Grumpy poets, redundant hangmen and rats feature in today's richly mixed bag of poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell. Roger McGough also introduces poets reading their own work; there's archive of WH Auden in typically terse mood as he does the rounds of a lecture tour in 'On the Circuit' and Jean Sprackland reads a moving remembrance of her father in her poem 'Dressing Gown'. There are other portraits of family life by the late Ken Smith and the Welsh poet, Tony Curtis.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry asked for by listeners, including this week poems by Brian Patten and Thomas Hardy. There is also a special focus on the work of the late Christopher Logue, a friend and inspiration to both Brian Patten and Roger himself.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry favourites nominated by listeners and presented by Roger McGough.

19/06/201120110625

Roger McGough makes another foray into listeners' poetry requests, and comes up with a selection which largely reflects the season. With guest appearances by contemporary poets Kate Clanchy and Helen Dunmore.

Producer Christine Hall.

Roger McGough with listeners' requested poems about summer.

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Roger McGough presents an autumn edition focussing on Louis MacNeice and including parts of his Autumn Journal. Paul Mundell is the reader. Also two new poems by veteran Midlands poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough presents an autumn edition focussing on Louis MacNeice.

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Roger McGough with a magical mix of your poetry requests.

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Roger McGough is joined by poet Tony Harrison for a new reading of Newcastle is Peru.

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Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer. Kathryn Simmonds also reads her own work.

Conformity and subversion are among the themes that pop up today with Edna St Vincent Millay being merry on a ferry and William Carlos Williams prancing around naked, singing to himself. Eilťan Ní Chuilleanáin's poem Fireman's Lift recalls the experience of seeing Coreggio's frescoes in the dome of Parma Cathedral, and the vagabond poet W.H. Davies also makes the case for staring in his famous poem 'Leisure'.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.

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Roger McGough introduces listeners' requests.

22/05/201120110528

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners. Today's programme includes a poem about a writing bureau that transmutes into a small forest, another about an imagined set of neighbours, a bitter love poem from the 8th century, and a sinister folkloric tale read by the poet Robin Robertson. Other poets featured include Harold Nemerov, Lawrence Sail and Molly Holden. The readers are Alison McKenna, Peter Marinker and Jonjo O'Neill.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

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23/10/201120111029

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Roger goes in search of happiness, with the help of Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. There are some spooky diversions along the way, with poems by Kipling and John Drinkwater. Robin Robertson also reads his own poem The Wood of Lost Things, and there are some surreal offerings from Galway Kinnell, having breakfast with Keats, and a spot of de-cluttering with the beat poet Gregory Corso. The readers are Garrick Hagon and Bill Paterson

Producer: Sarah Langan.

24/05/200920090530

Featuring a reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

24/10/201020101030

'Scotland small?' is the title of an indignant poem by Hugh MacDiarmid which sets the tone of this selection of requests for poems about Scotland. Stella Gonet and Jimmy Yuill read a varied selection of works by Scottish poets ancient and modern, from Sir Walter Scott to Liz Lochhead. In this programme Roger McGough also introduces requests for some poems by the internationally acclaimed Scottish poet Edwin Morgan who died aged 90 in August.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces poems about Scotland to mark the recent death of Edwin Morgan.

25/07/201020100731

Roger McGough presents a mixture of poetry requests, including verse by Simon Armitage, Denise Levertov and John Keats. The readers are Kenneth Cranham, Annette Badland and Jonjo O'Neill. Elegies for lost lovers and dead trees ring out, with a quirky poem by the American Louis Untermeyer 'To a Telegraph Pole' and a poem about Orpheus, whose music made the trees dance. Sue Hubbard reads her poem about his long suffering subterranean wife, Eurydice. The seams of poetry and music are interlaced in Patrick Kavanagh's famous 'On Raglan Road', and we find out what ails the 'knight at arms, alone and palely loitering' in John Keats's 'La Belle Dames Sans Merci.' A half hour bound to hath thee in thrall.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough introduces poems by Simon Armitage, Denise Levertov and John Keats.

25/09/201120111001

Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell and Mark Meadows.

Today's programme includes two tense cradle songs by Louis MacNeice, poems about significant pauses by Paul Muldoon and Jean Sprackland, and two wonderful pieces of distinctly Welsh verse. Singer, 6 music presenter, and poetry lover Cerys Matthews reads a poem by the miner turned poet Idris Davies that's a clever take on the Welsh National Anthem. 'Welsh Incident' by Robert Graves captures a fantastically odd conversation, and there are other surreal offerings from Jules Renard and Günter Grass.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

25/10/200920091031
26/02/201220120303

More of listeners' poetry requests as Roger McGough, Martin Jarvis and Susan Jameson present a mix of material including an 18th century comic romp, some pieces of nostalgia and a poem asked for by more listeners than any other.

Producer Christine Hall.

Poetry requested by listeners is brought to life by Martin Jarvis and Susan Jameson.

26/06/201120110702

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests.

26/07/200920090801
26/09/2010
26/09/201020101002

Roger McGough introduces a selection of requested American poems. Peter Marinker is the reader. Poets include Wallace Stevens, Carl Sandburg, John Crowe Ransome and Delmore Schwartz. Also two new poems from Midlands veteran poet Roy Fisher.

Roger McGough introduces a selection of American poems.

27/02/201120110305

Roger McGough presents another varied selection of poetry requests, including work by Derek Mahon and Philip Larkin. The readers are John Sessions, Catherine Cusack and Jonjo O'Neill.

There are funny poems; one about a dog on the loose, the loss of memory and a particularly surreal one about the fantasies of a fish, as well as consoling poems on ageing, dying and living. With poetry by Leslie Norris, Matthew Sweeney and UA Fanthorpe.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with consoling poems, including work by Derek Mahon and Philip Larkin.

27/09/200920091003
28/02/201020100306
28/08/201120110903

Throughout Autumn, Roger will be guiding us through a rich mixture of listeners' requests for poetry both old and new.

He will also be featuring poets reading their own work; Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland, Robin Robertson and Clare Pollard.

The first programme will include work by Thomas Hardy, Carole Satyamurti and Karl Shapiro.

The readers today are Mark Meadows, Jennifer Jellicorse and Catherine Cusack.

There are poems about car crashes, the weather, Beethoven's lost love and one about bad behaviour in public libraries.

There's escapist verse by WW Gibson and the American Shel Silverstein.

There's also a sad poem about a man's fancy handwriting by a poet new to the programme, Marianne Burton.

Making her debut appearance is the prize winning poet Jean Sprackland, reading 'Hard Water'.

And with readings by Michael Longley too, it makes for a typically rich half an hour of poetry.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

Throughout Autumn, Roger will be guiding us through a rich mixture of listeners' requests for poetry both old and new. He will also be featuring poets reading their own work; Michael Longley, Jean Sprackland, Robin Robertson and Clare Pollard.

The first programme will include work by Thomas Hardy, Carole Satyamurti and Karl Shapiro. The readers today are Mark Meadows, Jennifer Jellicorse and Catherine Cusack. There are poems about car crashes, the weather, Beethoven's lost love and one about bad behaviour in public libraries. There's escapist verse by WW Gibson and the American Shel Silverstein. There's also a sad poem about a man's fancy handwriting by a poet new to the programme, Marianne Burton. Making her debut appearance is the prize winning poet Jean Sprackland, reading 'Hard Water'. And with readings by Michael Longley too, it makes for a typically rich half an hour of poetry.

29/05/201120110604

A mixture of poetry requests to take us from dawn to dusk, with work by Norman MacCaig, Stephen Spender and Peter McDonald. There's a languid poem dreamt up by the American James Wright as he lay in a hammock at dusk, one by DH Lawrence longing for the company of his love to watch the sun setting and a 'crop of stars' growing silently, and a wry warning to a deluded Lothario as he takes the night air to try his luck.

The readers are Jonjo O'Neill, Peter Marinker and Alison McKenna.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a weekly selection of favourite poetry requested by listeners.

30/01/201120110205

Roger McGough introduces requests for TS Eliot's groundbreaking modernist poem The Waste Land. First published in 1922, the programme draws upon existing recordings of the work by Eliot himself and Ted Hughes, with a new recording read by Lia Williams. The effect is to semi-dramatise this extremely influential work which extended the range of the dramatic monologue. Known for its almost deliberate obscurity in places, what the listener hears in this version is instead a clear, intriguing interpretation of the poem, intercutting between the different voices.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces TS Eliot's groundbreaking modernist poem The Waste Land.

30/05/201020100605
31/01/201020100206
31/05/200920090606
A Bouquet Of Flowers2013052620130601

Roger McGough celebrates the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show with a bouquet of poems about flowers.

Daisies from Emily Dickinson and Jon Silkin, roses by Blake and Burns and the wonderfully moving account of his son's birth 'The Almond Tree' by Jon Stallworthy.

With readers Juliet Aubrey, Mark Meadows and Harry Livingstone.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

A Burns Supper2015012520150131 (R4)

Roger McGough hosts the Poetry Please Burns supper, with reader John MacKay.

Roger McGough celebrates the poet Robert Burns by hosting a Poetry Please Burns supper, with favourites including John Anderson my Jo, To a Mouse and A Man's a Man for A' That, read by John MacKay. Producer Sally Heaven.

A Dollop Of Nonsense And A Hint Of Spring2014022320140301

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests, including a helping of nonsense from Mervyn Peake and Guy Wetmore Carryl, a hint of spring from Wordsworth, and a poem in praise of Galoshes. Readers are Harriet Walter and Guy Paul.

Alice Oswald20180121

Roger McGough is joined by Alice Oswald, who picks her favourite poems for the programme.

Altered States2015091320150919 (R4)

Roger McGough introduces poetry to take listeners into altered states and waking dreams.

Roger McGough has poetry to take you into altered states, reveries and waking dreams... including Tennyson's strange and magical Lotus-Eaters and Coleridge's Kubla Khan. The readers are Tim Pigott-Smith and Indira Varma.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

An Ark Of Animal Poems2013071420130720

Roger McGough takes a new job as Noah at the helm of an ark of animal poems. A back to nature edition of poetry requests with poems from Alice Oswald, Simon Armitage, Michael Symons Roberts and James Lasdun. Producer: Tim Dee.

Anon2005070320050709

This programme focuses on pieces by anon, the most prolific of all poets.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests. This programme focuses on pieces by anon, the most prolific of all poets. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests. This programme focuses on pieces by anon, the most prolific of all poets. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Attila The Stockbroker's Mum2016060520160611 (R4)

Roger McGough with listeners' requests, including a moving poem by Attila the Stockbroker reflecting on his mother's rich life before Alzheimer's gradually robbed her of her memory.

The readers this week are Simon Armstrong, Rosie Cavaliero, Attila the Stockbroker and Radio 4 announcer and poetry lover, Zeb Soanes.

Producer Christine Hall.

Autumn2016091820160924 (R4)

Roger McGough celebrates the autumn equinox.

Roger McGough celebrates the autumn equinox with poetry by AE Housman, Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, RS Thomas and more. Producer Sally Heaven.

Ballad Of Reading Gaol2005011620050122

Roger Mcgough introduces Sam West's reading of Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol, a powerful work describing Wilde's experience of the hanging of a fellow inmate.

Roger McGough introduces Sam West's reading of Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol, a powerful work describing Wilde's experience of the hanging of a fellow inmate. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough introduces Sam West's reading of Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol, a powerful work describing Wilde's experience of the hanging of a fellow inmate. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Bees2015090620150912 (R4)

Roger McGough is back with a Poetry Please celebrating the humble bee. The stripy creatures have long been a muse to poets from Tagore to Carol Ann Duffy. With readers James Fleet and Amanda Root, and beekeeper Jeff Davey. Producer Sally Heaven.

Being Lost20170527

Roger McGough presents a selection of requests for poems about being lost.

Beppo2007050620070512

Roger Mcgough introduces Lord Byron's playful satire Beppo.

Set in Venice, where Byron was living in 1818, this romp parodies English and Italian attitudes towards marital infidelity.

It shows Byron perfecting a new poetic form, juxtaposing the lofty with the absurd and the pretentious with the trivial.

The reader is John Telfer

Roger McGough introduces Lord Byron's playful satire Beppo. Set in Venice, where Byron was living in 1818, this romp parodies English and Italian attitudes towards marital infidelity. It shows Byron perfecting a new poetic form, juxtaposing the lofty with the absurd and the pretentious with the trivial. The reader is John Telfer.

Bernard O'donoghue, Helen Mort And Paul Farley Reading Their Own Work2014012620140201

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests. With Bernard O'Donoghue, Helen Mort and Paul Farley reading their own work.

Bernard O'Donoghue's poems include his translation of some of Piers Plowman as well as moving and beautifully observed poems about personal relationships. There's the pain of missed opportunity in poems like Ter Conatus, about a brother and sister who have lived together all their lives. Bernard also has a poem that was written in dedication to a Poetry Please listener, Morag Morris.

Rising poetry star Helen Mort makes her debut with a lovely poem in honour of a music hall comic from Sheffield called Stainless Stephen, and she reads others from her collection Division Street.

Paul Farley also reads his work, including an atmospheric poem about listening in the dark.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Billy Letford2018071520180721 (R4)

Roger McGough and Billy Letford present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Billy Letford, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include Robert Louis Stevenson, Jen Hadfield, Emily Dickinson and Tom Leonard.

Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs including his family's roofing business in his twenties. His debut collection Bevel was published in 2012, and his second, Dirt, was published in 2016, both by Carcanet Press.

Producer: Eliza Lomas.

Roger McGough and Billy Letford present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Billy Letford, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include Robert Louis Stevenson, Jen Hadfield, Emily Dickinson and Tom Leonard.

Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs including his family's roofing business in his twenties. His debut collection Bevel was published in 2012, and his second, Dirt, was published in 2016, both by Carcanet Press.

Producer: Eliza Lomas.

Roger McGough and Billy Letford present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Billy Letford, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests.

Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs and in his family's roofing business in his twenties. His debut collection Bevel was published in 2012, and his second, Dirt, was published in 2016, both by Carcanet Press.

Producer: Eliza Lomas.

Birds2006010120060107

Roger Mcgough features listeners' requests for poetry about birds, including Thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrush and George Meredith's The Lark Ascending.

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for poetry about birds, including Thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrush and George Meredith's The Lark Ascending. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough features listeners' requests for poetry about birds, including Thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrush and George Meredith's The Lark Ascending. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Birmingham Literature Festival2014101920141025 (R4)

Roger McGough presents an as-it-happens request edition on stage at the Birmingham Literature Festival as audience members pick their favourite poems. Will it be Not Waving but Drowning or The Way through the Woods, The Listeners or Timothy Winters, The Sunne Rising or Snake? The readers are Eleanor Tremain and Peter Marinker. Producer: Tim Dee.

Bloomsday2015061420150620 (R4)

Roger McGough celebrates Bloomsday with poetry by James Joyce and Paul Durcan. The programme also features the usual varied selection of listeners' requests for poets including Kenneth Slessor, Julia Darling and Fannie Stearns-Gifford. Producer Sally Heaven.

Bubble And Squeak2015021520150221 (R4)

Roger McGough with something for everyone, from WB Yeats to Elizabeth Barrett Browning by way of Ted Hughes and Derek Walcott. Producer Sally Heaven.

Bubble And Squeak2016022120160227 (R4)

Roger McGough with poetry of love, hate and everything in between on this Valentine's edition of Poetry Please. Featured poets include Harold Pinter, Carol Ann Duffy and WB Yeats, and there are readings from Fiona Shaw, Alice Arnold, Paul Mundell and Burt Caesar. Producer Sally Heaven.

Roger McGough presents poetry old and new, happy and sad, and everything in between.

Canals, Rivers, Boats And Lakes2013101320131019

This year National Poetry Day has taken the theme of water and Poetry Please has thrown off its clothes and jumped in with a selection of poems about lakes, rivers, boats and canals. All recorded live at the Birmingham literature festival in the new Library of Birmingham, amidst the many waterways of the venice of the Midlands.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems on a watery theme.

Celebrating The Bicentenary Of Edward Lear's Birth2012101420121020

Roger McGough celebrates the bicentenary of Edward Lear's birth. Shirley Henderson and Andrew Sachs read a selection of his nonsense poems as requested by listeners, including The Jumblies and The Quangle Wangle's Hat. Adding to the mix are some old favourites like Elton Hayes singing The Owl and the Pussycat to a small guitar and Kenneth Williams' unique interpretation of The Dong with the Luminous Nose.

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

Charles Causley Anniversary2013092920131005

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems by Charles Causley who died ten years ago. Including BBC archive recording of the poet and new readings of some of his poems by Simon Armitage and Andrew Motion. Producer: Tim Dee.

Charles Causley Part 22013100620131012

Roger McGough presents a second selection of requests for Charles Causley's poems.

Roger McGough presents a second selection of requests for Charles Causley's poems ten years after his death. Including BBC archive of the poet reading and new recordings of his poems by poets Simon Armitage and Andrew Motion. Producer: Tim Dee.

Childe Harold2012070120120707

It sounds like Hollywood - the poet who wakes up to learn that his newly published verse has made his name and his fortune. But that's precisely what happened to the young Lord Byron 200 years ago when his epic 'Childe Harold' was published. Roger McGough introduces requests for the poem that features the first 'Byronic hero'.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Children In Need: Omnibus20171119

Radio 4 celebrates Children in Need with poems on the theme of childhood.

Radio 4 celebrated Children in Need this week with poems on the theme of childhood read by some of our best known poets and actors.

With poems from Sylvia Plath, Charles Causley, Edward Lear, William Wordsworth, Adrian Mitchell and Seamus Heaney, we explore this precious time in all our lives. Plus readings from Sir Derek Jacobi, Lesley Manville and Maxine Peake and poets Hollie McNish, Paula Meehan, Mona Arshi, Jacob Polley and Kayo Chingonyi reading their work. Joining them are children from creative writing projects funded by Children In Need; First Story and Caban Sgriblio.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Children's Poetry And Miscellany2015052420150530 (R4)

Roger McGough with poetry for children and adults alike, including classics from AA Milne and Spike Milligan, William Blake and WB Yeats, and a celebration of a man filling in Os in the library. Producer Sally Heaven.

Christina Rossetti *2008092820081004

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' requests for the works of Christina Rossetti, the Victorian poet whose reputation has grown steadily in recent years.

Tessa Nicholson reads such classics as the haunting narrative poem Goblin Market.

Cities2017020520170211 (R4)

Roger McGough takes a poetic stroll through the streets of the city, from Liverpool to Bombay, and with the help of poets including Frank O'Hara, Imtiaz Dharker and TS Eliot.

Colours2015092720151003 (R4)

Roger McGough brings poetry of love and of colours: blue, green, crimson, silver... from poets as varied as Christopher Marlowe and ee cummings. The readers are Indira Varma and Tim Pigott-Smith.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Contemporary Irish Poets2015053120150606 (R4)

Recently returned from the Cuirt literature festival in Galway, Roger McGough celebrates contemporary Irish poetry. Featuring the likes of Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon, Eilean ni Chuilleanain, Paul Durcan, Eavan Boland and the grandaddy of them all, Seamus Heaney. Producer Sally Heaven.

Darkling2005013020050205

Roger Mcgough introduces a darkling selection of poems for the long evenings, including Simon Armitage reading his own 'To His Lost Lover'.

With some rays of light from Osip Mandelshtam, E E Cummings, and Edward Thomas.

The readers are Jamie Glover, Brigid Zengeni and Sean Barrett.

Roger McGough introduces a darkling selection of poems for the long evenings, including Simon Armitage reading his own 'To His Lost Lover'. With some rays of light from Osip Mandelshtam, E E Cummings, and Edward Thomas.

Dreams And Sleep2014020220140208

Dreams and sleep people the poems that Roger McGough introduces this week, with works by DH Lawrence, Rose Macaulay, Norman MacCaig and others. Poets from across the centuries nudge up against each other, as they engage in a dialogue around the ways in which day dreams and deep sleep can stoke the imagination. The readers are Adjoa Andoh and Patrick Romer.

Producer: Mark Smalley

Dusk 'til Dawn2017030520170311 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems to take us through the night, from dusk 'til dawn. Poems of sun rise and sunset; of twilight and the dawn's early light. Of 3am worries and deep, deep sleep.

We watch the sun go down over the sea with Norman Nicholson and Siegfried Sassoon's lulls us to sleep. We lie awake fretting with Fleur Adcock and wake on a cold narrowboat with Jo Bell. John Donne helps us convince our other half to call in sick to work and come back to bed, and find that Robert Burns is not a morning person.

Readers: John Mackay, Siobhan Redmond and Barbara Flynn

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Earth And Air2014060820140614

Roger McGough returns to his element, with requests for poems about earth and air.

Roger McGough is in his element, introducing requests for poems about earth and air. Works by Auden, Yeats and Mary Oliver will be read by Alun Raglan, Jenny Coverack and others. This edition is a companion piece to last week's show, with poems that evoked the elements of fire and water.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Edward Thomas, Charlotte Mew, Walter De La Mare2014031620140322

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems written one hundred years ago.

Roger McGough introduces a selection of requested poetry from three poets who were active one hundred years ago: Edward Thomas, Charlotte Mew and Walter de la Mare. In 1914, Charlotte Mew, who had one of the saddest lives in all poetry, was cautiously assembling poems for her first collection, The Farmer's Bride. Walter de la Mare had just published Peacock Pie, a book of his children's poems, which has remained immensely popular, with many reprints ever since. And the brief poetic career of Edward Thomas was just getting underway after he met the American poet Robert Frost and began turning his prose writing into poems. The readers are Eleanor Tremain, Peter Marinker and Anton Lesser. Producer: Tim Dee.

Elizabeth Bishop And Jorge Luis Borges2016082120160827 (R4)

Roger McGough opens a caixa de sol, a box of sun, and presents a selection of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges and others from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The readers are Barbara Flynn and Tom Courtenay. Producer: Tim Dee.

Engineering2005062620050702

Poets aren't generally known for their love of the hard sciences such as engineering and construction.

Nevertheless, Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems that celebrate some of mankind's greatest inventions, among them steam trains, magnificent bridges, and the humble bicycle.

Poets aren't generally known for their love of the hard sciences such as engineering and construction. Nevertheless, Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that celebrate some of mankind's greatest inventions, among them steam trains, magnificent bridges, and the humble bicycle.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests. This programme focuses on engineering and construction, featuring poems on steam, trains, bridges and bicycles.

Families2015092020150926 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests with a family theme. Including poems by Anna Akhmatova, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Sylvia Plath. With readers James Fleet and Amanda Root. Producer Sally Heaven.

Fire And Water2014060120140607

Roger McGough is in his element, presenting poems on the theme of fire and water.

Roger McGough is in his element, presenting requests for poems that evoke fire and water. We'll hear Alice Oswald reading extracts from her river poem, 'Dart'. Dylan Thomas, Pablo Neruda and TS Eliot will also feature. Among the readers are Jenny Coverack and Alun Raglan.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Food Glorious Food2014051120140517

Roger McGough introduces delicious poems to make your mouth water from the Bristol Food Connections Festival, with readers John Telfer, Katy Sobey and James Fleet.

There's fruit: Wild Strawberries by Robert Graves and Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney; something substantial to get your teeth into: Bread by Brendan Kennelly, A Jar of Honey by Jacob Polley, and a sweet treat: Chocs by Carol Ann Duffy.

Perfectly balanced and nutritious: join the audience at Bristol's Food Connections Festival for this delightful feast of poetic treats.

Presenter...Roger McGough

Readers...John Telfer, Katy Sobey and James Fleet

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

There's fruit: Wild Strawberries by Robert Graves and Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney; something substantial to get your teeth into: Bread by Brendan Kennelly and A Jar of Honey by Jacob Polley. To drink: Cider Story by Peter Disbury and a sweet treat: Chocs by Carol Ann Duffy

Four Midlands Poets2014101220141018 (R4)

Roger McGough and four Midlands poets on stage at the Birmingham Literature Festival.

Roger McGough and four Midlands poets are on stage at the Birmingham Literature Festival to read their favourite poems of the region along with new ones of their own. The poets are Bohdan Pieseki, Stephen Morrison-Burke, Jacqui Rowe and Liz Berry. Birmingham will rarely have sounded brighter. Producer: Tim Dee.

Fox Running2016022820160305 (R4)

Roger McGough presents the late Ken Smith's reading of his long poem, Fox Running. The recording of this urgent, driving poem about a man adrift in the city was made on cassette tape and given to the programme by Ken's wife Judi Benson. Producer Sally Heaven.

From The Birmingham Literature Festival2013102020131026

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests made by a live audience.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests from an audience at the Birmingham Literature Festival. the selection is drawn from the top ten most requested poems in the history of the show and includes Adelstrop by Edward Thomas, How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith. The audience also tell Roger about what the requested poems mean to them.

From The Cradle To The Grave2010101720101023

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that mark life's major transitions and turning points.

There are works that celebrate the arrival of new life, while others mark childhood, adolescence, middle and old age.

Tessa Nicholson and Alun Raglan read a rich selection of poems by William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Christina Rossetti and others.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces poems that mark life's transitions, from the cradle to the grave.

From the cradle to the grave: Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that mark life's major transitions and turning points.

From the cradle to the grave: Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that mark life's major transitions and turning points. There are works that celebrate the arrival of new life, while others mark childhood, adolescence, middle and old age. Tessa Nicholson and Alun Raglan read a rich selection of poems by William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Christina Rossetti and others.

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Introduces: Simon Rae

Readers: Betty Mulcahy

Readers: Nick Chilvers.

Producer: Susan Roberts.

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Ian McMillan and Simon Rae choose more poems about favourite places. Producer Viv Beeby

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Unknown: Ian McMillan

Unknown: Simon Rae

Producer: Viv Beeby

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Frank Delaney reviews a new collection of 'poems to be heard". Producer Sara Davies

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Unknown: Frank Delaney

Producer: Sara Davies

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Frank Delaney and Andrew Sachs with a selection of listeners' requests for favourite comic verse. Producer Viv Beeby

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Unknown: Frank Delaney

Unknown: Andrew Sachs

Producer: Viv Beeby

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981220]

Frank Delaney introduces a seasonal selection of your poetry requests. Producer Viv Beeby

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Introduces: Frank Delaney

Producer: Viv Beeby

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981227]

Frank Delaney celebrates the end of the year with some of the characters featured in your favourite poetry. Producer Viv Beeby

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Unknown: Frank Delaney

Producer: Viv Beeby

George Mackay Brown19970727

`Poet's Poetry Please'.

Kathleen Jamie, one of the foremost of a new generation of Scottish poets, pays tribute to George Mackay Brown, who died last year.

George Mackay Brown2016031320160319 (R4)

Roger McGough with a programme dedicated to the Orkney poet and prose writer George Mackay Brown, who died twenty years ago this year. He wrote poems full of wonderful imagery, capturing the life and characters of those islands. Reader John Mackay. Producer Sally Heaven.

Roger McGough with a programme dedicated to the Orkney poet and prose writer George Mackay Brown, who died twenty years ago this year. He wrote poems full of wonderful imagery, capturing the life and characters of those islands. Producer Sally Heaven.

Goblin Market By Christina Rossetti2014011920140125

Roger McGough begins a new series with requests for poems by Christina Rossetti. Shirley Henderson gives a beguiling rendition of what is arguably Rossetti's most famous poem 'Goblin Market', published in 1862. It is a heady fairy tale about temptation involving two sisters, Laura and Lizzie. The poem has a sexual undertone and a menacing quality that lurks among the persistent pleas of the fruit selling Goblin men to 'come buy, come buy.' Visits to your greengrocer may never be the same again. There is also a reading of another of Rossetti's much requested and moving poems 'Remember,' as well as a lesser known poem of pilgrimage, 'Up-hill'.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Gothic Poetry2016013120160206 (R4)

Roger McGough gets eerie with selection of gothic poetry from Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti and Percy Shelley. With archive recordings from Sir John Gielgud and Robert Donat, as well as readings by Ariyon Bakare, Jasmine Hyde and Shirley Henderson. Producer Sally Heaven.

Groups Of Poets2016051520160521 (R4)

Roger McGough looks at the poetry produced by groups of friends throughout history.

Roger McGough looks at the poetry produced by groups of friends throughout history, from the Scriblerus club to the Mersey poets, by way of the Lakes and Rose Street. Producer Sally Heaven.

Henry Normal2018070120180707 (R4)

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and Bafta-winning producer Henry Normal.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and BAFTA winning TV and film producer, Henry Normal, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests. Henry talks about the moment he began writing poetry as a young man after seeing an inspiring performance by an emerging young poet named, Roger McGough. Reunited here they share their love of poetry. Henry's choices include Adrain Henri, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and Bafta-winning producer Henry Normal.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and BAFTA winning TV and film producer, Henry Normal, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests. Henry talks about the moment he began writing poetry as a young man after seeing an inspiring performance by an emerging young poet named, Roger McGough. Reunited here they share their love of poetry. Henry's choices include Adrain Henri, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and Bafta-winning producer Henry Normal.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by writer, poet and BAFTA winning TV and film producer, Henry Normal, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests. Henry talks about the moment he began writing poetry as a young man after seeing an inspiring performance by an emerging young poet named, Roger McGough. Reunited here they share their love of poetry. Henry's choices include Adrain Henri, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough introduces poems requested by listeners.

Hollie Mcnish20180128

Roger McGough is joined by Hollie McNish, who picks her favourite poems for the programme.

Home2016011720160123 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' poetry on the subject of home.

Roger McGough opens a new series of the poetry request programme with a selection of listeners' favourite poems about home, exile and belonging. The readers are Pippa Haywood and Richard Mitchley. Producer Christine Hall.

Homer Made Anew2013063020130706

Roger McGough introduces poems after Homer by Alice Oswald and Michael Longley.

Roger McGough introduces poems after Homer by Alice Oswald and Michael Longley. Poems from the beginnings of Western literature made new. Producer: Tim Dee.

Imtiaz Dharker2018072220180728 (R4)

Roger McGough and Imtiaz Dharker present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Imtiaz Dharker, with a selection of her favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. This week her choices include requests from some special listeners with whom she was on tour recently, Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay as well as poems from Helen Mort, Liz Berry and Clare Shaw.
Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, recipient of the Cholmondley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her most recent collection is Luck is the Hook (Bloodaxe Books UK). Her poems are on the British GCSE and A Level English syllabus. She has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library, for Thresholds, and has recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul's Cathedral. She has had ten solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York and Hong Kong.
'If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.' Carol Ann Duffy

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

In-between Days2017031220170318 (R4)

Winter is over but Spring has not quite sprung. Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests for an in-between time of year which looks both forward and back. The programme's full of memories and desires, some regrets; but poems of hope and expectation too. Expect stars, trees, childhood escapades, journeys taken (and not taken); things viewed across distances of time and space. Producer James Cook.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests for an in-between time of year.

Islands2015100420151010 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a programme in celebration of the islands around the UK.

Roger McGough presents a programme in celebration of the islands around the UK, from Sark to Shetland. With poetry by AC Swinburne, TE Brown and Sorley MacLean. Producer Sally Heaven.

Islands And High Seas2014020920140215

Poems that evoke distant islands and the delights and dangers of the high seas sail through this show, with Roger McGough at the helm. Works by Auden, UA Fanthorpe, Ogden Nash, Kipling and others are read by Adjoa Andoh and Patrick Romer.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Jack Clemo At 1002016082820160903 (R4)

Roger McGough listens to a series of poems by the remarkable Cornish poet Jack Clemo who was born 100 years ago. A devout and singular poet, Clemo grew up in the raw and brutal landscape of the china-clay pits of Cornwall. He was deeply affected by where he was from. Deaf from an early age, and later blind as well, he wrote an extraordinary physical yet religious verse that is like nothing and no one else. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Clemo's biographer, Luke Thompson, pick and read their favourite poems and Jim Causley sings some. Producer: Tim Dee.

Jacob Sam-la Rose20180217 (R4)

shares his favourite poems from listeners' requests.

Jacob Sam-la Rose20180211

shares his favourite poems from listeners' requests.

James Mcauley And David Campbell19970706

`Poet's Poetry Please!' Les Murray, one of AUSTRALIA's most widely read poets, introduces favourite work by two of his predecessors - James McAuley and David Campbell.

John Betjeman2006082720060902

Roger Mcgough celebrates the poetry of Sir John Betjeman, with readings by Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes and Samuel West

Roger McGough celebrates the poetry of Sir John Betjeman, with readings by Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes and Samuel West. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough celebrates the poetry of Sir John Betjeman, with readings by Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes and Samuel West. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

John Cooper Clarke2018072920180804 (R4)

Roger McGough and John Cooper Clarke present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by John Cooper Clarke, with a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include requests for poems by Sir Henry Newbolt, Rudyard Kipling, Sylvia Plath, and Pam Ayres.

Occasionally described as the Poet Laureate of Punk, John Cooper Clarke has performed in many guises; rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator and reluctant national treasure. Ahead of the release of a new poetry collection, 'The Luckiest Guy Alive', his first in 37 years, he shares his love of classic verse, some newly-penned poems and his hilarious musings on life.

Producers: Elliott Prince and Sarah Addezio.

John Donne2015062820150704 (R4)

Roger McGough is joined by expert Katherine Rundell and actor Samuel Barnett for a special programme featuring the beautiful, sensual, clever and passionate poetry of John Donne. Last in the series.

Producer Sally Heaven.

John Masefield And The Sea20170513

Roger McGough marks 50 years since the death of John Masefield with poetry about the sea.

John Masefield And The Sea20171125
Journeys2015030120150307 (R4)

Roger McGough goes on a journey in the company of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, CP Cavafy, Matthew Arnold and Sir Gawain. Producer Sally Heaven.

June Miscellany2015062120150627 (R4)

Roger McGough with a miscellany of poems about sun, sleep, love and loss. Including poetry by Margaret Atwood, Fleur Adcock, Wislawa Symborska, John Keats and WH Auden. Producer Sally Heaven.

Kate Tempest20180812

Roger McGough and Kate Tempest present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Kate Tempest2018081220180818 (R4)

Roger McGough and Kate Tempest present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Lemn Sissay2018070820180714 (R4)

Roger McGough and poet Lemn Sissay MBE present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by celebrated poet, writer and playwright, Lemn Sissay MBE, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests.

Lemn talks about how poets and poems are like his family, his nearest and dearest being choices including the Ethiopian Poet Laureate, Tsegaye Gabriel-Medhin, American Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith, Michael Rosen, Britain's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay.

Also joining Roger and Lemn in the studio is the poet, Caroline Bird, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough and poet Lemn Sissay MBE present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by celebrated poet, writer and playwright, Lemn Sissay MBE, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests.

Lemn talks about how poets and poems are like his family, his nearest and dearest being choices including the Ethiopian Poet Laureate, Tsegaye Gabriel-Medhin, American Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith, Michael Rosen, Britain's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay.

Also joining Roger and Lemn in the studio is the poet, Caroline Bird, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough and poet Lemn Sissay MBE present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by celebrated poet, writer and playwright, Lemn Sissay MBE, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the archive of listeners' requests.

Lemn talks about how poets and poems are like his family, his nearest and dearest being choices including the Ethiopian Poet Laureate, Tsegaye Gabriel-Medhin, American Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith, Michael Rosen, Britain's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay.

Also joining Roger and Lemn in the studio is the poet, Caroline Bird, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Roger McGough introduces poems requested by listeners.

Life, Death, And Renewal2004052320040529

Roger Mcgough introduces poetry by E E Cummings, Vernon Scannell and Billy Collins on the themes of life, death and renewal.

Read by Alice Arnold, Peter Marinker and David Collins.

Listener Stories2016050120160507 (R4)

Listeners tell Roger McGough the stories behind their poetry requests. Poems include William Blake's The Tyger, The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes and To the Cuckoo by Wordsworth. Producer Sally Heaven.

Live Audience Requests At Bristol Food Connections Festival2014051820140524

Roger McGough presents a selection of the programme's most-requested poems, as chosen by the audience at Bristol Food Connections festival.

With readers James Fleet, Alex Lanipekun and Pippa Haywood.

No emailing or posting requests this time: here Roger comes eyeball-to-eyeball with his listeners to find out why they want the poem they've chosen.

Will it be WB Yeats, Maya Angelou, Shakespeare or Robert Frost? Roger and readers won't know until the audience make their choice.

Readers...James Fleet, Alex Lanipekun and Pippa Haywood

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Liz Berry20180224 (R4)

joins Roger McGough to present a selection of listeners' requests.

Liz Berry20180218

joins Roger McGough to present a selection of listeners' requests.

Poet Liz Berry joins Roger McGough to present a selection of listeners' poetry requests.

Liz Lochhead20180303 (R4)

Roger McGough and Liz Lochhead present a selection of listeners' poetry requests.

Liz Lochhead20180225

Roger McGough and Liz Lochhead present a selection of listeners' poetry requests.

Love And The Rest2016021420160220 (R4)

Roger McGough with poetry of love, hate and everything in between on this Valentine's edition of Poetry Please. Featured poets include Harold Pinter, Carol Ann Duffy and WB Yeats, and there are readings from Fiona Shaw, Alice Arnold, Paul Mundell and Burt Caesar. Producer Sally Heaven.

Lullabies2006102920061104

Roger Mcgough presents a selection of soothing, scary and musical poems in the form of lullabies.

With readers Josette Simon, Patrick Romer and Rupert Wickham.

Merseyside19970622

Adrian Henri canvasses poets and poetry lovers on Merseyside for their favourite poems.

Michael Donaghy2004103120041106

Roger Mcgough presents poems on the weather by Thomas Hardy and William Howitt - and on poetry readings by D J Enright and Basil Bunting.

The programme includes a tribute to the late Michael Donaghy.

The readers are Alice Arnold,

Sean Barrett and Bonnie Hurren.

Roger McGough presents poems on the weather by Thomas Hardy and William Howitt - and on poetry readings by D J Enright and Basil Bunting. The programme includes a tribute to the late Michael Donaghy. The readers are Alice Arnold,

Midwinter2016121820161227 (R4)

Roger McGough explores the archives to find the most evocative winter poems read by some of our best actors. Poets Thomas Hardy, Miroslav Holub, Robert Frost and Shakespeare are brought to life by actors including Juliet Stevenson, Dame Harriet Walter and Hugh Laurie. Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch make up the numbers.

Miles Chambers2018081920180825 (R4)

Roger McGough and Miles Chambers present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Bristol's first poet laureate, Miles Chambers, joins Roger McGough with a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include requests for Benjamin Zephaniah, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Azfa Awad and Robert Burns.

Miles Chambers is a performance poet, slam champion and playwright, who was appointed Bristol's first City Poet in 2016.

Miles Chambers20180819

Roger McGough and Miles Chambers present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Bristol's first poet laureate, Miles Chambers, joins Roger McGough with a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include requests for Benjamin Zephaniah, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Azfa Awad and Robert Burns.

Miles Chambers is a performance poet, slam champion and playwright, who was appointed Bristol's first City Poet in 2016.

Miles Chambers20180819

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Milosz And Dickinson2014030920140315

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems by Czeslaw Milosz and Emily Dickinson.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems by Czeslaw Milosz and Emily Dickinson read by Peter Marinker and Eleanor Tremain. A Polish veteran of many of the upheavals of the middle of the Twentieth Century and a Nineteenth Century New Englander who kept to her house and communicated with the world by post: perhaps not much connects these poets and yet their poems speak to one another across the years. Producer: Tim Dee.

Miscellany2016052920160604 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a miscellany of listeners poetry requests. Poets include John Clare, WH Davies, Laurence Lerner and Olive Ritch. Producer Sally Heaven.

Roger McGough presents a miscellany of listeners' poetry requests.

Miscellany From Persia To Eaglehawk2015051020150516 (R4)

Roger McGough travels from Rumi's 13th century Persia to Banjo Patterson's Eaglehawk, Australia via Thom Gunn's Pacific Ocean with Poetry Please. Poetry from Carol Ann Duffy, Thomas Hardy, Edna St Vincent Millay, Felix Dennis and Michael Hamburger also features.

Producer Sally Heaven.

Music And Lyrics2012012920120204

Roger McGough presents poetry requests based on the themes of music and lyrics, featuring work by Yeats, Maya Angelou, Dorothy Parker, Louis MacNeice, and Patti Smith.

There are musical interpretations by the likes of Mike Scott, The Wraiths, Natalie Merchant, and Carla Bruni.

There's also a chance to hear Scroobius Pip read his inventive Mr Otis Regrets, a response to Miss Otis Regrets, and Kenneth Patchen delivering Lonesome Boy Blues against a gritty jazz soundtrack.

The readers are Peter Marinker, Pippa Haywood, Mark Meadows and Nadia Williams.

Producer: Toby Field.

Roger McGough presents poetry requests based on the themes of music and lyrics.

Roger McGough presents poetry requests based on the themes of music and lyrics, featuring work by Yeats, Maya Angelou, Joanna Newsom, Louis MacNeice, and Patti Smith.

There are musical interpretations by the likes of The Waterboys, The Wraiths, Cantamus Girls' Choir, and Natalie Merchant.

Music And Lyrics20120204

Roger McGough presents poetry requests based on the themes of music and lyrics, featuring work by Yeats, Maya Angelou, Joanna Newsom, Louis MacNeice, and Patti Smith.

There are musical interpretations by the likes of The Waterboys, The Wraiths, Cantamus Girls' Choir, and Natalie Merchant.

There's also a chance to hear Scroobius Pip read his inventive Mr Otis Regrets, a response to Miss Otis Regrets, and Kenneth Patchen delivering Lonesome Boy Blues against a gritty jazz soundtrack.

The readers are Peter Marinker, Pippa Haywood, Mark Meadows and Nadia Williams.

Producer: Toby Field.

Roger McGough presents poetry requests based on the themes of music and lyrics.

New Poems From Old Stories2013070720130713

Roger McGough introduces new poems made out of the oldest stories. Simon Armitage remakes Ezra Pound and Camille O'Sullivan sings Shakespeare. Owen Sheers has been reading Homer while Paula Meehan has been hanging out with an Irish polar bear. Producer: Tim Dee.

Parenting2017021920170225 (R4)

Sally Phillips and Matt Harvey join Roger McGough to read poems about parenting.

Sally Phillips and Matt Harvey join Roger McGough to read poems about parenting. There are different takes on the subject from Hollie McNish, William Blake and Carol Ann Duffy. Producer Sally Heaven.

Parodies2005071020050716

Roger Mcgough introduces requests that mine the rich poetic seam of parodies, some of them very funny, mocking their more serious classic counterparts.

Among them, Monty Python's alternative version of those familiar verses - All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Roger McGough introduces requests that mine the rich poetic seam of parodies, some of them very funny, mocking their more serious classic counterparts. Among them, Monty Python's alternative version of those familiar verses - All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Philip Larkin2017021220170218 (R4)

Hull is 2017's European Capital of Culture and, Roger McGough is joined by poets Sean O'Brien, Douglas Dunn and Paul Farley to celebrate the city's most famous librarian, Philip Larkin. Producer Sally Heaven.

Poems About Love2015020820150214 (R4)

Roger McGough introduces poems requested by listeners on the theme of love.

Poems For Dark Days2017012920170204 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems for dark days: poems to get you through the saggy bit of the year between Christmas and spring, to sustain us during the dark days of late winter, and to bring comfort and cheer (whether our dark days be actual, personal or political). Listener requests for poems by Raymond Carver, Kathleen Jamie, WH Auden, Emily Dickinson and many more are read by Siobhan Redmond and Peter Marinker.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Poems For Winter2015020120150207 (R4)

Roger McGough with requests for wintry poems.

Roger McGough with requests for wintry poems from Ted Hughes, WH Auden, Gillian Clarke and others.

Poems From Mexico, Argentina And Brazil20160821

Roger McGough opens a caixa de sol, a box of sun, and presents a selection of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Christopher Logue, Jorge Luis Borges and others from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The readers are Barbara Flynn and Tom Courtenay. Producer: Tim Dee.

Poems To Make You Laugh2015011820150124 (R4)

Roger McGough presents poetry to make you laugh, with poets from Wendy Cope to Ivor Cutler, taking in Kit Wright, Clive James and Adrian Mitchell along the way.

There's Carol Ann Duffy's ode to the Kray Sisters, Michael Rosen's mickey-taking brother, and Roger throws a few of his own into the mix for good measure. Producer Sally Heaven.

Poetry And Music2014061520140621

Roger McGough presents a programme examining the long relationship between poetry and music. Poets through the ages have collaborated with musicians from every genre from classical to drum and bass, taking in folk, punk and reggae. Featuring Edward Elgar, Sir John Betjeman, ee cummings, Gregory Porter, Michael Horovitz, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, John Cooper Clarke, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Tempest and the Scaffold.

Poetry And Religion2015031520150321 (R4)

Roger McGough explores a wide range of poetry about religion, with musings by George Herbert, Jalal al-Din Rumi, William Blake, Billy Collins and Roger McGough.

Poetry By Heart2014052520160917 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems recited by finalists at Poetry by Heart, a competition for students at school and college in England to learn and recite poems from memory. Also featuring Jean Sprackland, Andrew Motion and Roger himself, all treating us to some of their favourite poetry without using any words on a page to prompt them.

Poetry By Heart2015051720150523 (R4)

Poetry Please at the finals of the Poetry by Heart competition. Students recite poetry from memory in a bid to be crowned winner in the 2015 contest. Roger Mc Gough presents, and poetry comes from Craig Raine, Rupert Brooke, Carol Ann Duffy and Thomas Hardy. Producer Sally Heaven.

Poetry By Heart2016041720160423 (R4)

Roger McGough presents the first in a new series from the Poetry by Heart competition.

Roger McGough is back with the first in a new series of the poetry requests show. This programme comes from the annual Poetry by Heart competition. Students learn and recite a variety of poems, from Sylvia Plath's Morning Song to A Satirical Elegy by Jonathan Swift. There's a wealth of talent on display, but who will be crowned winner?

If you fancy making a request then get in touch at poetryplease@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @bbcpoetryplease. Producer Sally Heaven.

Poetry By Heart Finals 201720170514
Poetry By Heart Finals 201720170520

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems recited at the Poetry by Heart competition.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems recited by finalists at Poetry by Heart, a competition for students at school and colleges in England to learn and recite poems from memory. Recorded at the national finals at the British Library in London, we hear the regional champions battle it out to hear who becomes the regional Poetry by Heart champion for 2017.

Producer: Mair Bosworth and Eliza Lomas.

Poetry For Children2005010220050108

Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry for children by a range of authors including Edwin Morgan, Lewis Carroll, Ts Eliot and Hilaire Belloc.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry for children by a range of authors including Edwin Morgan, Lewis Carroll, TS Eliot and Hilaire Belloc. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry for children by a range of authors including Edwin Morgan, Lewis Carroll, T S Eliot and Hilaire Belloc. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Poetry Please Special: Edge2013121520131221

'Edge' is an extraordinary new poem that brings together two major talents in a confluence of science and art. The poem is a journey through space, in words by Katrina Porteous, and music for computer by the pioneering composer Peter Zinovieff. It was recorded, live, in front of an audience in the planetarium at the Centre for Life in Newcastle during this year's British Science Festival.

'Edge' visits four moons, each representing one of the primary elements: Water, Fire, Earth and Air. They are Jupiter's fiery moon Io; two of Saturn's moons, icy Enceladus and methane-rich Titan, which could possibly host primitive life. The fourth is Earth's own Moon, that witness to life on Earth.

The poem is performed by Katrina Porteous and the actor David Seddon. It draws on a range of dramatic voices - whispers, chants and incantations. Peter Zinovieff's music incorporates sounds collected from space - from Sputnik, the Apollo and Voyager missions, and the landing of the Cassini-Huygens probe on Titan.

'Edge' follows a tidal structure, visiting and revisiting each 'world', exploring the relation between chaos and cosmos. Along the way, we pick up clues to the possibility of the first stirrings of life, and finally, from Earth's Moon, we catch sight of our own planet, distinguished by the emergence not only of life but of consciousness and imagination.

'Out of the stuff of stars -

Gas, dust, ice -

Someone is painstakingly

Threading a necklace.'

Extract II (Saturn's moon, Titan)

At the Centre for Life 'Edge' was accompanied by a sequence of images of the moons and the cosmos beyond compiled by planetarium supervisor Christopher Hudson. This will be streamed on the Radio 4 website as 'Edge' is broadcast.

Producer: Julian May.

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Poets Laureate2014091420140920

Roger McGough with a selection of works by Poets Laureate past and present including Wordsworth, Tennyson, Betjeman, Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy. There's also a Cecil Day Lewis poem read by his son Daniel Day-Lewis, recorded as part of the exhibition 'Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy' at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Readers Anton Lesser and Alice Arnold.

Roger McGough with a selection of works by Poets Laureate past and present including Wordsworth, Tennyson, Betjeman, Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy as well as a Cecil Day Lewis poem read by his son Daniel.

Poets Reading Other Poets2013060220130608

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests. This week; poets reading other poets' work, including Maya Angelou reading Shakespeare and Alice Oswald reading Milton. Also featuring Christopher Logue's rendition of Neruda's work with jazz accompaniment, and translations of Rilke and Machado by Don Paterson.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Pot Luck20180318 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a pot luck of poetry from Byron and Keats to Charles Tomlinson.

Pot Luck2015101820151024 (R4)

Roger McGough presents half an hour of satirical poetry, read by Rory Bremner.

Roger McGough presents half an hour of satirical poetry, read by Rory Bremner, with expert Katherine Rundell. Satire comes from poets as diverse as Horace, John Donne, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Hilaire Belloc and Adrian Mitchell. Producer Sally Heaven.

Pot Luck2015102520180318 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a pot luck of poetry from Byron and Keats to Charles Tomlinson.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough presents a pot luck of poetry from Byron and Keats to UA Fanthorpe. Producer Sally Heaven.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 January 199019900101

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1567

Recorded on 1989-12-14

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 08 January 1990

Previous in series: 11 December 1989

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Pres Simon RAE. Peoms read by Eleanor BRON and Stephen THORNE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The New Year - Edward Thomas [1.08] 02: The year's awakening - Thomas Hardy [0.49] 03: A new diary - Dannie Abse [1.25] read by the poet 04: Miss Thompson goes shopping - martin Armstrong [1.20} 05: New Year song - Ted Hughes [1.52]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

miss thompson goes shopping (poem)

new year (poem)

new year song (poem)

the year's awakening (poem)

a new diary (poem)

Broadcast history

01 Jan 1990 11:50-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Thomas Hardy (Author)

Ted Hughes (Author)

Dannie Abse (Author)

Edward Thomas (Author)

Martin Armstrong (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Stephen Thorne (rdr)

Eleanor Bron (rdr)

Pres Simon RAE.

Peoms read by Eleanor BRON and Stephen Thorne.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 October 199019901001

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 08 October 1990

Previous in series: JOHN WHITWORTH

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by David GOODLAND, Lin SAGOVSKY with guest poet John WHITWORTH.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Digging - Edward Thomas [0.45] 02; Exequy on his wife (extract) - Henry King [1.44] 03: A song: Absent from thee - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester [0.56] 04: To his mistress going to bed - John Donne [3.21] 05: Holy Willie's prayer - Robert Burns [3.15] poem read on LP by Donald McINTYRE 06: Fidele's grassy tomb - Henry Newbolt [3.20]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

digging (poem)

holy willie's prayer (poem)

to his mistress going to bed (poem)

exequy on his wife (poem)

absent from thee (poem)

fidele's grassy tomb (poem)

Broadcast history

01 Oct 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Robert Burns (Author)

Edward Thomas (Author)

John Donne (Author)

Henry Newbolt (Author)

Henry King (Author)

John Rochester (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Lin Sagovsky (rdr)

John Whitworth (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-09-13.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1606

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by David GOODLAND, Lin SAGOVSKY with guest poet John WHITWORTH. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 02 April 199019900402

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 09 April 1990

Previous in series: 26 March 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Spring - Edna St.

Vincent Millay [0.52] 02: The fish - Elizabeth Bishop [3.03] 03: Skunk hour - Robert Lowell [2.04] 04: The truly great - Stephen Spender [1.40] read by the poet 05: As I walked out one evening - W.

H.

Uaden [2.20]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

as i walked out one evening (poem)

the truly great (poem)

spring (poem by edna st vincent millay)

the fish (poem) (elizabeth bishop)

skunk hour (poem)

Broadcast history

02 Apr 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

W Auden (Author)

Stephen Spender (Author)

Robert Lowell (Author)

Edna Millay (Author)

Elizabeth Bishop (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Bonnie Hurren (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-03-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1580

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Spring - Edna St. Vincent Millay [0.52] 02: The fish - Elizabeth Bishop [3.03] 03: Skunk hour - Robert Lowell [2.04] 04: The truly great - Stephen Spender [1.40] read by the poet 05: As I walked out one evening - W. H. Uaden [2.20]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 02 July 199019900702

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: TONY HARRISON

Previous in series: WORDSWORTH MUSEUM

Description

4/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guest poet and playwright Tony HARRISON.

Prod.

Susan ROBERTS.

01: Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge [3.10] 02: To Wordsworth - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.03] 03: Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.00] 04: Ode on melancholy - John Keats

2.08] 05: A kumquat for John Keats - Tony Harrison [8.26] read by the poet

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

kubla khan (poem)

ozymandias (poem)

to wordsworth (poem)

ode on melancholy (poem)

a kumquat for john keats (poem)

Broadcast history

02 Jul 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Tony Harrison (Author)

John Keats (Author)

Samuel Coleridge (Author)

Percy Shelley (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-02.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1593

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4/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guest poet and playwright Tony HARRISON. Prod. Susan ROBERTS.

01: Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge [3.10] 02: To Wordsworth - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.03] 03: Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.00] 04: Ode on melancholy - John Keats [ 2.08] 05: A kumquat for John Keats - Tony Harrison [8.26] read by the poet

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 December 199019901203

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 10 December 1990

Previous in series: 26 November 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Emma FIELDING, Nick CHIVERS and John MATSHIKIZA.

Guest Nicola DAVIES takes a look at poetry book for children.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The soldiers came - John Agard [0.40] read by a schoolchild 02: I get high on butterflies - Joe Rosenblatt [0.33] read by a schoolchild 03: Laughter is an egg - John Agard [0.13] 04: The muddy puddle - Dennis Lee

0.16] 05: Penguin on the beach - Ruth Miller [0.35] 06: The lamplighter - R.

L.

Stevenson [0.52] 07: A mind's journey to Diss - John Betjeman [1.09] 08: Reply to the laureate - Mary Wilson [1.49] 09: Hiawatha's departure - Longfellow [3.14]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

soldiers came (poem)

i get high on butterflies (poem)

laughter is an egg (poem)

the muddy puddle (poem)

penguin on the beach (poem)

the lamplighter (poem)

a mind's journey to diss (poem)

reply to the laureate (poem)

hiawatha's departure (poem)

Broadcast history

03 Dec 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Betjeman (Author)

Mary Wilson (Author)

Robert Stevenson (Author)

John Agard (Author)

Henry Longfellow (Author)

Dennis Lee (Author)

Ruth Miller (Author)

Joe Rosenblatt (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Emma Fielding (rdr)

John Matshikiza (rdr)

Nick Chilvers (rdr)

Nicola Davies (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-11-28.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1615

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Emma FIELDING, Nick CHIVERS and John MATSHIKIZA. Guest Nicola DAVIES takes a look at poetry book for children. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The soldiers came - John Agard [0.40] read by a schoolchild 02: I get high on butterflies - Joe Rosenblatt [0.33] read by a schoolchild 03: Laughter is an egg - John Agard [0.13] 04: The muddy puddle - Dennis Lee [ 0.16] 05: Penguin on the beach - Ruth Miller [0.35] 06: The lamplighter - R. L. Stevenson [0.52] 07: A mind's journey to Diss - John Betjeman [1.09] 08: Reply to the laureate - Mary Wilson [1.49] 09: Hiawatha's departure - Longfellow [3.14]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 September 199019900903

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 500TH EDITION

Previous in series: 27 August 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Ronald PICKUP and guest Margaret DRABBLE.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day - Shakespeare [0.49] 02: Barbara Frietsche - John Greenleaf Whittier [2.55] 03: Personal talk - William Wordsworth [3.14] 04: The harper - Thomas Campbell [1.32] 05: Hateful old age - Anon [1.58]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

shall i compare thee to a summers day (sonnet)

barbara frietsche (poem)

personal talk (poem)

the harper (poem)

hateful old age (poem)

Broadcast history

03 Sep 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Shakespeare (Author)

William Wordsworth (Author)

Thomas Campbell (Author)

John Whittier (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Ronald Pickup (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Margaret Drabble (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-07-19.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1602

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Ronald PICKUP and guest Margaret DRABBLE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 September 199519950903

Producer: ROBERT KETTERIDGE

Next in series: ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER

Previous in series: 27 August 1995

Broadcast history

03 Sep 1995 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-07-31.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 05 February 199019900205

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 12 February 1990

Previous in series: 29 January 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Caroline RYDER, Geoffrey BEEVERS and Carol Ann DUFFY.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Sonnet 34 - William Shakespeare [0.48] 02: By the statue of King Charles at Charing Cross - Lionel Johnson [2.17] 03: Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration - Ernest Dowson [2.08] 04; Woman seated in the underground 1941 - Carol Ann Duffy [1.30] 05: The hound of heaven - Francis Thompson [4.07]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the hound of heaven (poem)

sonnet no 34 (shakespeare)

by the statue of king charles at charing cross (poem)

nuns of the perpetual adoration

woman seated in the underground 1941 (poem)

Broadcast history

05 Feb 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

William Shakespeare (Author)

Carol Duffy (Author)

Francis Thompson (Author)

Ernest Dowson (Author)

Lionel Johnson (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Geoffrey Beevers (rdr)

Caroline Ryder (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-01-18.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1572

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Caroline RYDER, Geoffrey BEEVERS and Carol Ann DUFFY. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 05 March 199019900305

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 12 March 1990

Previous in series: 26 February 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Garard GREEN and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The miracle - John Drinkwater [0.53] 02: A March calf - Ted Hughes [2.15] 03: A way out - Fleur Adcock [1.25] 04: Hwaet! a dream came to me at deep midnight - Anon [3.00] 05: An old woman of the roads - Padraic Colum [1.03] 06: Rice pudding - A.

A.

Milne [1.00] 07: Victoriana: Mr Gradgrind's country - Sylvia Townsend Warner [1.51]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

old woman of the roads (poem)

the miracle (poem)

the march calf (poem)

a way out (poem)

hwaet a dream came to me at deep midnight (poem)

rice pudding (poem)

victoriana mr gradgrind's country (poem)

Broadcast history

05 Mar 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Ted Hughes (Author)

A Milne (Author)

Fleur Adcock (Author)

John Drinkwater (Author)

Sylvia Warner (Author)

Padraic Colum (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Garard Green (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-02-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1576

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Garard GREEN and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The miracle - John Drinkwater [0.53] 02: A March calf - Ted Hughes [2.15] 03: A way out - Fleur Adcock [1.25] 04: Hwaet! a dream came to me at deep midnight - Anon [3.00] 05: An old woman of the roads - Padraic Colum [1.03] 06: Rice pudding - A. A. Milne [1.00] 07: Victoriana: Mr Gradgrind's country - Sylvia Townsend Warner [1.51]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 05 November 199019901105

Producer: P.

BRIGHTON

Next in series: 12 November 1990

Previous in series: 29 October 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Special edition featuring Irish poets.

Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN.

Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: The four Farrelly's - Percy French [3.34] read by RM 02: A big connection - John Kelly [2.15] read by IM 03: The centre of the universe - Paul Durcan [3.22] read by the poet 08: The Lake Isle of Innisfree - W.

B.

Yeats [3.06] archive reading by the poet 04: When you are old - W.

Yeats [0.48] read by IM 05: The good - Brendan Kennelly [1.11] read by RM 06: At ards - Michael Harnett [0.40] read by RM 07: Nostalgis - Derek Mahon [0.17] read by IM

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

poetry

declamation

the lake isle of innisfree (poem)

when you are old (poem)

the four farrellys (poem)

a big connection (poem)

the centre of the universe (poem)

the good (poem) (kennelly)

at ards (poem)

nostalgis (poem)

Broadcast history

05 Nov 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

W Yeats (Author)

John Kelly (Author)

Derek Mahon (Author)

Brendan Kennelly (Author)

Paul Durcan (Author)

Michael Harnett (Author)

Percy French (Author)

Pam Brighton (Producer)

Ian Mcelhinney (rdr)

Ruth Mccabe (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-10-15.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1611

Producer: P. BRIGHTON

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Pres Simon RAE. Special edition featuring Irish poets. Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN. Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: The four Farrelly's - Percy French [3.34] read by RM 02: A big connection - John Kelly [2.15] read by IM 03: The centre of the universe - Paul Durcan [3.22] read by the poet 08: The Lake Isle of Innisfree - W. B. Yeats [3.06] archive reading by the poet 04: When you are old - W. B. Yeats [0.48] read by IM 05: The good - Brendan Kennelly [1.11] read by RM 06: At ards - Michael Harnett [0.40] read by RM 07: Nostalgis - Derek Mahon [0.17] read by IM

Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 August 199019900806

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: KENNETH BAKER

Previous in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Martin Jarvis and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Amy Elizabeth Ermyntrude Annie - E.

Scott-Hopper [0.35] 02: To S.

A.

- T.

E.

Lawrence [1.08] 03: Summer in Wales - Joyce Grenfell [0.52] 04: Remembrances - John Clare [5.48] 05: For lovers - Rabindranath Tagore [1.16] 06: To speak of the woe that is - Robert Lowell [0.56]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

amy elizabeth ermintrude annie (poem)

to s a (poem)

summer in wales (poem)

remembrances (poem)

for lovers (poem)

to speak of the woe that is (poem)

Broadcast history

06 Aug 1990 11:42-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Joyce Grenfell (Author)

John Clare (Author)

T Lawrence (Author)

Robert Lowell (Author)

Rabindranath Tagore (Author)

E Scott-Hopper (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Martin Jarvis (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Liz Lochhead (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-20.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1598

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Martin Jarvis and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Amy Elizabeth Ermyntrude Annie - E. Scott-Hopper [0.35] 02: To S. A. - T. E. Lawrence [1.08] 03: Summer in Wales - Joyce Grenfell [0.52] 04: Remembrances - John Clare [5.48] 05: For lovers - Rabindranath Tagore [1.16] 06: To speak of the woe that is - Robert Lowell [0.56]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 07 January 199619960107

Producer: F.GOODALL

Next in series: 14 January 1996

Previous in series: HOGMANAY SPECIAL

Broadcast history

07 Jan 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-12-15.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 January 199019900108

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 15 January 1990

Previous in series: 01 January 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Michael Tudor BARNES, Liane AUKIN and guest poet Dannie ABSE.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Frost - W.

H.

Davies [0.37] 02: The snow curlew - Vernon Watkins [0.59] 03: I think I could turn and live with animals - Walt Whitman [0.44] 04: Friends - Dannie Abse [0.52] 05: The wind in a frolic - William Howitt [3.01] 06: Song of the sea - Rainer Maria Rilke [0.37] 07: The fighting Temeraire - Sir Henry Newbolt [1.39] 08: A walk in winter - Sean Street [1.02]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the wind in a frolic (poem)

frost (poem)

the snow curlew (poem)

i think i could turn and live with animals (poem)

friends (poem) (dannie abse)

song of the sea (poem)

fighting temeraire (poem)

a walk in winter (poem)

Broadcast history

08 Jan 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Dannie Abse (Author)

Sean Street (Author)

Walt Whitman (Author)

W Davies (Author)

Vernon Watkins (Author)

Henry Newbolt (Author)

Rainer Rilke (Author)

William Howitt (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Michael Barnes (rdr)

Liane Aukin (rdr)

Recorded on 1989-12-14.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1568

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Michael Tudor BARNES, Liane AUKIN and guest poet Dannie ABSE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Frost - W. H. Davies [0.37] 02: The snow curlew - Vernon Watkins [0.59] 03: I think I could turn and live with animals - Walt Whitman [0.44] 04: Friends - Dannie Abse [0.52] 05: The wind in a frolic - William Howitt [3.01] 06: Song of the sea - Rainer Maria Rilke [0.37] 07: The fighting Temeraire - Sir Henry Newbolt [1.39] 08: A walk in winter - Sean Street [1.02]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 October 199019901008

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 15 October 1990

Previous in series: 01 October 1990

Description

Simon RAE introduces your poetry requests with readers Lin SAGOVSKY and David

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

request programmes (genre)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

08 Oct 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Keats (Author)

Christina Rossetti (Author)

Ben Jonson (Author)

Charlotte Mew (Author)

E Cummings (Author)

Anne Sexton (Author)

Michael Drayton (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Lin Sagovsky (rdr)

John Whitworth (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-09-13.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1607

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 09 April 199019900409

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 16 April 1990

Previous in series: 02 April 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Sonnet 58 (You will remember me) - John Masefield [0.50] 02: On sleep and poetry - John Keats [3.15] 03: To Margot Heinemann - John Cornford [0.40] 04: Ultima ratio regum - Stephen Spender [1.43] read by the poet 05: Walking away - C.

Day Lewis [1.11] 06: Domestic asides - Thoms Hood [1.25] 07: Executive - John Betjeman [1.40]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the executive (poem)

walking away (poem)

ultima ratio regum (poem)

sonnet no 58 (john masefield)

on sleep and poetry (poem)

to margot heinemann (poem)

domestic asides (poem)

Broadcast history

09 Apr 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Betjeman (Author)

Stephen Spender (Author)

Cecil Day-Lewis (Author)

John Keats (Author)

John Masefield (Author)

Thomas Hood (Author)

John Cornford (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Bonnie Hurren (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-03-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1581

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Sonnet 58 (You will remember me) - John Masefield [0.50] 02: On sleep and poetry - John Keats [3.15] 03: To Margot Heinemann - John Cornford [0.40] 04: Ultima ratio regum - Stephen Spender [1.43] read by the poet 05: Walking away - C. Day Lewis [1.11] 06: Domestic asides - Thoms Hood [1.25] 07: Executive - John Betjeman [1.40]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 December 199019901210

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 17 December 1990

Previous in series: 03 December 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Emma FIELDING and Damian JENNINGS, winners of this years BP Speak a Poem competition.

Competition judge Betty MULCAHY talks abt reading poetry.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The owl song (from Love's Labours Lost) - William Shakespeare [0.55] 02: Nature and free animals - Stevie Smith [1.05] 03: Red boots on - Kit Wright [0.45] 04: The force that through the green fuse drives the flower - Dylan Thomas [1.15] 05: Not waving but drowning - Stevie Smith [0.45] 06: January gladsong - Brian Patten [0.57] 07: Ode to a nightingale - John Keats [5.00]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

love's labour's lost (play)

not waving but drowning (poem)

ode to a nightingale (poem)

the owl song (poem)

nature and free animals (poem)

red boots on (poem)

the force that through the green fuse drives the flower (poem)

january gladsong (poems)

Broadcast history

10 Dec 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Shakespeare (Author)

Brian Patten (Author)

Dylan Thomas (Author)

John Keats (Author)

Stevie Smith (Author)

Kit Wright (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Emma Fielding (rdr)

Damian Jennings (rdr)

Betty Mulcahy (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-11-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1616

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Emma FIELDING and Damian JENNINGS, winners of this years BP Speak a Poem competition. Competition judge Betty MULCAHY talks abt reading poetry. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 June 199019900611

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 18 June 1990

Previous in series: HARDY POEMS

Description

1/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guest poet and playwright Tony HARRISON, who reads poems by William WORDSWORTH.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

All poems by William Wordsworth 01: Nutting [3.25] 02: The world is too much with us [0.56] 03: My heart leaps up when I behold (a rainbow) [0.24] 04: Ode: Intimations of immortality [11.55]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

nutting (poem)

the world is too much with us (poem)

my heart leaps up when i behold (poem)

ode intimations of immortality (poem)

Broadcast history

11 Jun 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Wordsworth (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Tony Harrison (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-05.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1590

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1/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guest poet and playwright Tony HARRISON, who reads poems by William WORDSWORTH. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 12 February 199019900212

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 19 February 1990

Previous in series: 05 February 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Geoffrey BEEVERS, Caroline RYDER and guest poet Caroline Ann DUFFY.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Shake hands - A.

E.

Housman [0.30] 02: I never shall love the snow again - Robert Bridges [1.25] 03: Sit at peace - Carol Ann Duffy [1.23] read by the poet 04: Remonstrance with the snails - Anon [1.45] 05: I do not love thee - Caroline Norton [1.15] 06: The cry of the children (extract) - Elizabeth Barett Browning [3.17]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

shake hands (poem)

i never shall love the snow again (poem)

sit at peace (poem)

remonstrance with the snails (poem)

i do not love thee (poem)

the cry of the children (poem)

Broadcast history

12 Feb 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Carol Duffy (Author)

A Housman (Author)

Elizabeth Browning (Author)

Robert Bridges (Author)

Caroline Norton (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Geoffrey Beevers (rdr)

Caroline Ryder (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-01-18.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1573

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Geoffrey BEEVERS, Caroline RYDER and guest poet Caroline Ann DUFFY. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Shake hands - A. E. Housman [0.30] 02: I never shall love the snow again - Robert Bridges [1.25] 03: Sit at peace - Carol Ann Duffy [1.23] read by the poet 04: Remonstrance with the snails - Anon [1.45] 05: I do not love thee - Caroline Norton [1.15] 06: The cry of the children (extract) - Elizabeth Barett Browning [3.17]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 12 March 199019900312

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 19 March 1990

Previous in series: 05 March 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Garard GREEN, Rosalind SHANKS and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Under snow - Rowena Touquet [1.00] 02: The song of the wandering Aengus - W.

B.

Yeats [1.00] 03: Orient express - Grete Tartler [1.07] 04: Charles - Leonard Clark [1.30] 05: Mrs Malone - Eleanor Farjeon [4.00] 06: Ode on the death of a favourite cat, drowned in a tub of gold fishes - Thomas Gray [1.52]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

song of the wandering aengus (poem)

under snow (poem)

orient express (poem)

charles (poem)

mrs malone (poem)

ode on the death of a favourite cat drowned in a tub of gold fish (poem)

Broadcast history

12 Mar 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

W Yeats (Author)

Eleanor Farjeon (Author)

Thomas Gray (Author)

Leonard Clark (Author)

Rowena Touquet (Author)

Grete Tartler (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Garard Green (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Fleur Adcock (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-02-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1577

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Garard GREEN, Rosalind SHANKS and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Under snow - Rowena Touquet [1.00] 02: The song of the wandering Aengus - W. B. Yeats [1.00] 03: Orient express - Grete Tartler [1.07] 04: Charles - Leonard Clark [1.30] 05: Mrs Malone - Eleanor Farjeon [4.00] 06: Ode on the death of a favourite cat, drowned in a tub of gold fishes - Thomas Gray [1.52]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 12 November 199019901112

Producer: P.

BRIGHTON

Next in series: 19 November 1990

Previous in series: 05 November 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Special edition featuring Irish poets.

Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN.

Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: Meeting point - Louis McNeice [1.59] read by IM 02: John John - Thomas McDonagh [2.01] read by RM 03: God in woman - Patrick Kavanagh [0.45] read by IM 04: The divorce referendum - Paul Durcan [2.51] read by the poet 05: The did you come yets of the western world - Rita Ann Higgins [1.22] read by RM 06: A cry for Art O'Leary - Brendan Kennelly [3.27] read by RM 07: The cathedral - Sam Burnside [0.51] read by RM

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

poetry

declamation

divorce referendum 1986 (poem)

meeting point (poem)

john john (poem)

god in woman (poem)

the did you come yets of the western world (poem)

the cry for art o'leary (poem)

the cathedral (poem)

Broadcast history

12 Nov 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Patrick Kavanagh (Author)

Brendan Kennelly (Author)

Paul Durcan (Author)

Louis Mcneice (Author)

Sam Burnside (Author)

Mary Higgins (Author)

Thomas Mcdonagh (Author)

Pam Brighton (Producer)

Ian Mcelhinney (rdr)

Ruth Mccabe (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-10-15.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1612

Producer: P. BRIGHTON

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Pres Simon RAE. Special edition featuring Irish poets. Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN. Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 14 January 199619960114

Producer: R.

KETTERIDGE

Next in series: WALTER DE LA MARE

Previous in series: 07 January 1996

Broadcast history

14 Jan 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-08.

Producer: R. KETTERIDGE

Programme Catalogue - Details: 15 January 199019900115

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 22 January 1990

Previous in series: 08 January 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Liane AUKIN, Michael Tudor BARNES and guest poet Dannie ABSE.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: To a snowflake - Francis Thompson [0.45] 02: Winter song - Vita Sackville-West [2.14] 03: The mountaineers - Dannie Abse [2.26] read by the poet 04: The ice cart - Wilfred Wilson Gibson [1.44] 05: Gunga Din - Rudyard Kipling [3.18]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the ice cart (poem)

to a snowflake (poem)

winter song (poem)

the mountaineers (poem)

gunga din (poem)

Broadcast history

15 Jan 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Rudyard Kipling (Author)

Dannie Abse (Author)

Vita Sackville-West (Author)

Francis Thompson (Author)

Wilfred Gibson (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Michael Barnes (rdr)

Liane Aukin (rdr)

Recorded on 1989-12-14.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1569

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Liane AUKIN, Michael Tudor BARNES and guest poet Dannie ABSE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 15 October 199019901015

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 22 October 1990

Previous in series: 08 October 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by John MATSHIKIZA, Elaine IVES-CAMERON and guest poet Derek WALCOTT.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Frog autumn - Sylvia Plath [0.42] 02: Autumn chapter in a novel - Thom Gunn [1.47] 03: Ruins of a great house - Derek Walcott [3.23] 04: Diving into the wreck - Adrienne Rich [3.39] 05: Returning turtle - Robert Lowell [0.55] 06: The mistress - Joan Barton [1.15]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

ruins of a great house (poem)

frog autumn (poem)

autumn chapter in a novel (poem)

diving into the wreck (poem)

returning turtle (poem)

the mistress (poem) (joan barton)

Broadcast history

15 Oct 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Sylvia Plath (Author)

Thom Gunn (Author)

Derek Walcott (Author)

Robert Lowell (Author)

Joan Barton (Author)

Adrienne Rich (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

John Matshikiza (rdr)

Elaine Ives-Cameron (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-09-30.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1608

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by John MATSHIKIZA, Elaine IVES-CAMERON and guest poet Derek WALCOTT. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 April 199019900416

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1582

Recorded on 1990-03-22

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 23 April 1990

Previous in series: 09 April 1990

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Description

Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Andrew SACHS. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Easter week - Charles Kingsley [0.41] 02: Easter - George Herbert [1.24] 03: The scholar gypsy - Matthew Arnold [13.46]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

verse

easter week (poem)

scholar gypsy (poem)

Broadcast history

16 Apr 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

George Herbert (Author)

Matthew Arnold (Author)

Charles Kingsley (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Andrew SACHS.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 December 199019901217

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1617

Recorded on 1990-11-28

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 31 December 1990

Previous in series: 10 December 1990

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Description

Simon RAE introduces your Christmas poetry requests, with readers Emma FIELD-

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

request programmes (genre)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

17 Dec 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Betjeman (Author)

T Eliot (Author)

John Clare (Author)

Laurie Lee (Author)

G Chesterton (Author)

Christina Rossetti (Author)

Robert Herrick (Author)

Clement Moore (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Emma Fielding (rdr)

Nick Chilvers (rdr)

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 September 199019900917

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: JOHN WHITWORTH

Previous in series: 500TH EDITION

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Special ed recorded at the Salisbury Festival.

Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS and Andrew SACHS, Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: How do I love thee - Elizabeth Barrett Browning [0.50] 02: Love songs in age - Philip Larkin [1.10] 03: The well of St.

Keyne - Robert Southey [2.44] 04: The rime of the ancient mariner - Coleridge [5.40] 05: The singing cat - Stevie Smith [0.51] 06: Sir Smashem Uppe - E.

V.

Rieu [1.50] 07: The king's breakfast - A.

A.

Milne [1.46]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

rime of the ancient mariner (poem)

the king's breakfast (poetry)

how do i love thee (poem)

love songs in age (poem)

the well of st keyne (poem)

the singing cat (poem)

sir smashem uppe (poem)

Broadcast history

17 Sep 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Philip Larkin (Author)

Stevie Smith (Author)

A Milne (Author)

Samuel Coleridge (Author)

Elizabeth Browning (Author)

Robert Southey (Author)

E Rieu (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-09-07.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1604

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Pres Simon RAE. Special ed recorded at the Salisbury Festival. Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS and Andrew SACHS, Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: How do I love thee - Elizabeth Barrett Browning [0.50] 02: Love songs in age - Philip Larkin [1.10] 03: The well of St. Keyne - Robert Southey [2.44] 04: The rime of the ancient mariner - Coleridge [5.40] 05: The singing cat - Stevie Smith [0.51] 06: Sir Smashem Uppe - E. V. Rieu [1.50] 07: The king's breakfast - A. A. Milne [1.46]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 September 199519950917

Producer: ERIN RILEY

Next in series: 24 September 1995

Previous in series: ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER

Broadcast history

17 Sep 1995 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-07.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 June 199019900618

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: WORDSWORTH MUSEUM

Previous in series: 11 June 1990

Description

3/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guests Dr.

Robert WOOF and Tony HARRISON, who reads from the poetry of William WORDSWORTH.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

All poems by William Wordsworth 01: To a butterfly [0.53] 02: The sparrow's nest [0.55] 03: To the cuckoo [1.27] 04: Surprised by joy [1.00] 05: A farewell [4.16]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

to a butterfly (poem)

the sparrow's nest (poem)

to the cuckoo (poem)

surprised by joy (poem)

a farewell (poem) (wordsworth)

Broadcast history

18 Jun 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Robert Woof

William Wordsworth (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Tony Harrison (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-02.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1591

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3/4 progs from Grasmere pres by Simon RAE with guests Dr. Robert WOOF and Tony HARRISON, who reads from the poetry of William WORDSWORTH. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 19 February 199019900219

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 26 February 1990

Previous in series: 12 February 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Caroline RYDER, Geoffrey BEEVERS and guest poet Carol Ann DUFFY.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Rest - Christina Rossetti [0.52] 02: Prelude (extract) - William Wordsworth [2.01] 03: In schooldays - John Greenleaf Whittier [1.20] 04: The ballad of Reading gaol (extract) - Oscar Wilde [5.25] 05: In Japan - Michael Burn [1.04] 06: Broken moon - Carole Satyamurti [1.31]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

prelude (poem)

ballad of reading gaol (poem)

rest (poem)

in schooldays (poem)

in japan (poem)

broken moon (poem)

Broadcast history

19 Feb 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Wordsworth (Author)

Oscar Wilde (Author)

Christina Rossetti (Author)

Michael Burn (Author)

John Whittier (Author)

Carole Satyamurti (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Geoffrey Beevers (rdr)

Carol Duffy (rdr)

Caroline Ryder (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-01-18.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1574

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Caroline RYDER, Geoffrey BEEVERS and guest poet Carol Ann DUFFY. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 19 March 199019900319

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 26 March 1990

Previous in series: 12 March 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Garard GREEN and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Song - Rupert Brook [0.34] 02: Spring flowers - James Thomson [1.40] 03: The motor bus - A.

C.

Godley [0.50] 04: Himalayan balsam - Anne Stevenson [2.40] 05: A valediction - John Donne [1.40] 06: The green eye of the yellow god - J.

Milton Hayes [2.45]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

song (poem) (brooke)

spring flowers (poem)

the motor bus (poem)

himalayan balsam (poem)

valediction (poem) (john donne)

the green eye of the yellow god (poem)

Broadcast history

19 Mar 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Donne (Author)

Rupert Brooke (Author)

Anne Stevenson (Author)

James Thomson (Author)

A Godley (Author)

J Hayes (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Garard Green (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Fleur Adcock (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-02-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1578

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Garard GREEN and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Song - Rupert Brook [0.34] 02: Spring flowers - James Thomson [1.40] 03: The motor bus - A. C. Godley [0.50] 04: Himalayan balsam - Anne Stevenson [2.40] 05: A valediction - John Donne [1.40] 06: The green eye of the yellow god - J. Milton Hayes [2.45]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 19 November 199019901119

Producer: P.

BRIGHTON

Next in series: 26 November 1990

Previous in series: 12 November 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Special edition featuring Irish poets.

Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN.

Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: Ballad of Douglas Bridge - Francis Carlin [1.21] read by RM 02: The butcher's dozen (extract) - Thomas Kinsella [2.45] read by IM 03: Dublin-Belfast railway line - Paul Durcan [1.36] read by the poet 04: For any women who pass this house - John Hewitt [0.50] read by IM 05: The coasters - John Hewitt [3.14] read by RM 06: Desertmartin - Tom Paulin [1.58] read by IM 07: Canton of expectation - Seamus Heaney [2.30] read by RM

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

poetry

declamation

the ballad of douglas bridge (poem)

the butcher's dozen (poem)

dublin belfast railway line (poem)

for any women who pass this house (poem)

the coasters (poem)

desertmartin (poem)

canton of expectation (poem)

Broadcast history

19 Nov 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Tom Paulin (Author)

Seamus Heaney (Author)

Paul Durcan (Author)

Thomas Kinsella (Author)

John Hewitt (poet (auth)) (Author)

Francis Carlin (Author)

Pam Brighton (Producer)

Ian Mcelhinney (rdr)

Ruth Mccabe (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-10-15.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1613

Producer: P. BRIGHTON

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Pres Simon RAE. Special edition featuring Irish poets. Poems read by Ruth MCCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN. Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 1990050719900507

07 May 1990

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 14 May 1990

Previous in series: 30 April 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by David GOODLAND, Judith PEARSON and guest poet Adrian HENRI.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Reverie - P.

B.

McGuire [1.39] 02: May - William Barnes [2.20] 03: Tonight at noon - Adrian Henri [2.45] read by the poet accompanied by Andy ROBERTS (guitar) 04: The May queen - Alfred, Lord Tennyson [2.54]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

tonight at noon (poem)

reverie (poem)

may (poem) (barnes)

the may queen (poem)

Broadcast history

07 May 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Alfred Tennyson (Author)

Adrian Henri (Author)

William Barnes (Author)

P Mcguire (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Judith Pearson (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-04-23.

Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by David GOODLAND, Judith PEARSON and guest poet Adrian HENRI. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Reverie - P. B. McGuire [1.39] 02: May - William Barnes [2.20] 03: Tonight at noon - Adrian Henri [2.45] read by the poet accompanied by Andy ROBERTS (guitar) 04: The May queen - Alfred, Lord Tennyson [2.54]

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1585

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 1990051419900514

14 May 1990

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 21 May 1990

Previous in series: 07 May 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Judith PEARSON, David GOODLAND and guest poet Adrian HENRI.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: To a poet a thousand years hence - Elroy Flecker [1.10] 02: A strike among the poets - Anon [1.22] 03: Tea with a poet - Adrian Henri [0.52] read by the poet 04: The boy actor - Noel Coward [3.30] from LP recording 05: Roundabouts and swings - Patrick Chalmers [1.56] 06: To a waterfowl - William Cullen Bryant [1.32]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

roundabouts and swings (poem)

to a poet a thousand years hence (poem)

a strike among the poets (poem)

tea with the poet (poem)

the boy actor (poem)

to a waterfowl (poem)

Broadcast history

14 May 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Noel Coward (Author)

Adrian Henri (Author)

Patrick Chalmers (Author)

James Flecker (Author)

William Bryant (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Judith Pearson (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-04-23.

Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Judith PEARSON, David GOODLAND and guest poet Adrian HENRI. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1586

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 1990052119900521

21 May 1990

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 28 May 1990

Previous in series: 14 May 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by David GOODLAND, Judith PEARSON and guest poet Adrian HENRI.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Buttercup days (from Now we are six) - A.

A.

Milne [0.44] 02: The flowers - Rudyard Kipling [3.20] 03: First party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels - Allen GInsberg [0.55] 04: Portland coliseum - Allen Ginsberg [1.30] 05: Uptown - Allen Ginsberg [1.00] 06: An essay in cricism (extract) - Alexander Pope [2.55] 07: The secret of the sea - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [1.50]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

flowers (poem)

buttercup days (poem)

first party at ken keseys with hells angels (poem)

portland coliseum (poem)

uptown (poem)

an essay on criticism (poem)

the secret of the sea (poem)

Broadcast history

21 May 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Rudyard Kipling (Author)

A Milne (Author)

Allen Ginsberg (Author)

Henry Longfellow (Author)

Alexander Pope (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Adrian Henri (rdr)

Judith Pearson (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-04-23.

Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by David GOODLAND, Judith PEARSON and guest poet Adrian HENRI. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Buttercup days (from Now we are six) - A. A. Milne [0.44] 02: The flowers - Rudyard Kipling [3.20] 03: First party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels - Allen GInsberg [0.55] 04: Portland coliseum - Allen Ginsberg [1.30] 05: Uptown - Allen Ginsberg [1.00] 06: An essay in cricism (extract) - Alexander Pope [2.55] 07: The secret of the sea - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [1.50]

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1587

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 1990052819900528

28 May 1990

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: HARDY POEMS

Previous in series: 21 May 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Judith PEARSON, David GOODLAND and guest poet Adrian HENRI.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The hedge in summer - Louise Stockdale [0.53] 02: Cats - A.

S.

J.

Tessimond [0.55] 03: Rover - Adrian Henri [0.48] 04: Lord hippo - Hilaire Belloc [1.40] 05: The barrel organ - Alfred Noyes [4.56] 06: Love is - Adrian Henri [1.05] read by the poet accompanied by Andy ROBERTS (guitar) 07: Enter a cloud - W.

Graham [3.38] 08: Cat goddesses - Robert Graves [0.44]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

love is (poem)

the hedge in summer (poem)

cats (poem)

rover (poem)

lord hippo (poem)

the barrel organ (poem)

enter a cloud (poem)

cat goddesses (poem)

Broadcast history

28 May 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Robert Graves (Author)

Adrian Henri (Author)

Hilaire Belloc (Author)

A Tessimond (Author)

William Graham (Author)

Alfred Noyes (Author)

Louise Stockdale (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Judith Pearson (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-04-23.

Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Judith PEARSON, David GOODLAND and guest poet Adrian HENRI. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The hedge in summer - Louise Stockdale [0.53] 02: Cats - A. S. J. Tessimond [0.55] 03: Rover - Adrian Henri [0.48] 04: Lord hippo - Hilaire Belloc [1.40] 05: The barrel organ - Alfred Noyes [4.56] 06: Love is - Adrian Henri [1.05] read by the poet accompanied by Andy ROBERTS (guitar) 07: Enter a cloud - W. S. Graham [3.38] 08: Cat goddesses - Robert Graves [0.44]

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1588

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 August 199019900820

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 27 August 1990

Previous in series: KENNETH BAKER

Description

As well as the uusual requests, Simon RAE asks special guest Sheila HANCOCK

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Ronald PICKUP, Elizabeth BELL and guest Sheila HANCOCK.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The water mill - Sarah Doudney [2.37] 02: The bee meeting - Sylvia Plath [4.08] 03: The parting - Michael Drayton [0.48] 04: At lunchtime - Roger Mcgough [1.30] 05: Beth Gelert - William Robert Spencer [3.40]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

the parting (poem)

water mill (poem)

the bee meeting (poem)

at lunchtime (poem)

beth gelert (poem)

Broadcast history

20 Aug 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Roger Mcgough (Author)

Sylvia Plath (Author)

Michael Drayton (Author)

William Spencer (Author)

Sarah Doudney (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Kate Mcall (Producer)

Ronald Pickup (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Sheila Hancock (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-07-19.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1600

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Ronald PICKUP, Elizabeth BELL and guest Sheila HANCOCK. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 22 January 199019900122

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 29 January 1990

Previous in series: 15 January 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Michael Tudor BARNES, Liane AUKIN and guest poet Dannie ABSE.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Thaw - Edward Thomas [0.17] 02: The destruction of Sennacherib - Lord Byron [1.15] 03: No more Hiroshimas - James Kirkup [4.03] 04: The friendship of young poets - Douglas Dunn [0.47] 05: Meg Merrilies - John Keats [1.07] 06: McAlister dances before the king - Anon [2.14]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

thaw (poem)

the destruction of sennacherib (poem)

no more hiroshimas (poem)

the friendship of young poets (poem)

meg merrilies (poem)

mcalister dances before the king (poem)

Broadcast history

22 Jan 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

George Byron (Author)

John Keats (Author)

Edward Thomas (Author)

Douglas Dunn (Author)

James Kirkup (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Michael Barnes (rdr)

Liane Aukin (rdr)

Dannie Abse (rdr)

Recorded on 1989-12-14.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1570

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Michael Tudor BARNES, Liane AUKIN and guest poet Dannie ABSE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 22 October 199019901022

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 29 October 1990

Previous in series: 15 October 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Elaine IVES-CAMERON, John MATSHIKIZA and guest poet Derek WALCOTT.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Autumn - Roy Campbell [1.05] 02: Occupation housewife - Natasha Josefowitz [0.46] 03: The box of chocolates - Natsha Josefowitz [0.38] 04: Sea grapes - Derek Walcott [1.06] 05: Midsummer XIV - Derek Walcott [1.38] 06: Autumn - William Watson [2.11] 07: Dane-geld - Rudyard Kipling [1.19]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

sea grapes (poem)

autumn (poem) (roy campbell)

occupation housewife (poem)

the box of chocolates (poem)

midsummer xiv

autumn (poem) (william watson)

danegeld (poem)

Broadcast history

22 Oct 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Rudyard Kipling (Author)

Derek Walcott (Author)

William Watson (Author)

Roy Campbell (Author)

Natasha Josefowitz (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

John Matshikiza (rdr)

Elaine Ives-Cameron (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-09-30.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1609

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Elaine IVES-CAMERON, John MATSHIKIZA and guest poet Derek WALCOTT. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 April 199019900423

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 30 April 1990

Previous in series: 16 April 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: When daffodils begin to peer (from The Winter's Tale) - Shakespeare [0.39] 02: The crusader returns from captivity - G.

K.

Chesterton [2.23] 03: The pylons - Stephen Spender [1.12] read by the poet 04: John of Gaunt's dying speech (from Richard II) - Shakespeare [2.30] 05: Anne Frank huis - Andrew Motion [1.27] 06: Retrospect - Rupert Brooke [1.50]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

richard ii (play)

a winter's tale (play)

when daffodils begin to peer (poem)

the crusader returns from captivity (poem)

the pylons (poem)

anne frank huis (poem)

retrospect (poem)

Broadcast history

23 Apr 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Shakespeare (Author)

Andrew Motion (Author)

Stephen Spender (Author)

G Chesterton (Author)

Rupert Brooke (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Bonnie Hurren (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-03-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1583

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: When daffodils begin to peer (from The Winter's Tale) - Shakespeare [0.39] 02: The crusader returns from captivity - G. K. Chesterton [2.23] 03: The pylons - Stephen Spender [1.12] read by the poet 04: John of Gaunt's dying speech (from Richard II) - Shakespeare [2.30] 05: Anne Frank huis - Andrew Motion [1.27] 06: Retrospect - Rupert Brooke [1.50]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 September 199519950924

Producer: ROBERT KETTERIDGE

Next in series: 01 October 1995

Previous in series: 17 September 1995

Broadcast history

24 Sep 1995 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-07-31.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 26 February 199019900226

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 05 March 1990

Previous in series: 19 February 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Geoffrey BEEVERS, Caroline RYDER and guest poet Carol Ann DUFFY.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Beauty - John Masefield [0.42] 02: Boadicea - William Cowper [2.00] 03: Invictus - William Ernest Henley [0.47] 04: The Brook - Alfred, Lord Tennyson [1.44] 05: Thirty bob a week - John Davidson [5.09] 06: Paraphrases - Roy Fisher [3.18] 07: Preparations - Anon [1.17]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

beauty (poem)

boadicea (poem)

invictus (poem)

the brook (poem)

thirty bob a week (poem)

paraphrases (poem)

preparations (poem)

Broadcast history

26 Feb 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Alfred Tennyson (Author)

John Davidson (Author)

John Masefield (Author)

William Cowper (Author)

Roy Fisher (Author)

William Henley (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Geoffrey Beevers (rdr)

Carol Duffy (rdr)

Caroline Ryder (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-01-18.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1575

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Geoffrey BEEVERS, Caroline RYDER and guest poet Carol Ann DUFFY. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 26 March 199019900326

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 02 April 1990

Previous in series: 19 March 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Garard GREEN, Rosalind SHANKS and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Mountain flowers - Humbert Wolfe [0.50] 02: The telephone - Robert Frost [0.55] 03: Snake - D.

H.

Lawrence [4.43] 04: Dream-pedlary - Thomas Lovell Beddoes [1.50] 05: Game after supper - Margaret Atwood [0.57] 06: Ylysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson [4.36]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the snake (poem)

ulysses (poem)

mountain flowers (poem)

the telephone (poem)

dream pedlary (poem)

game after supper (poem)

Broadcast history

26 Mar 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

D Lawrence (Author)

Alfred Tennyson (Author)

Margaret Atwood (Author)

Robert Frost (Author)

Humbert Wolfe (Author)

Thomas Beddoes (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Garard Green (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Fleur Adcock (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-02-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1579

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Garard GREEN, Rosalind SHANKS and guest poet Fleur ADCOCK. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Mountain flowers - Humbert Wolfe [0.50] 02: The telephone - Robert Frost [0.55] 03: Snake - D. H. Lawrence [4.43] 04: Dream-pedlary - Thomas Lovell Beddoes [1.50] 05: Game after supper - Margaret Atwood [0.57] 06: Ylysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson [4.36]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 26 November 199019901126

Producer: P.

BRIGHTON

Next in series: 03 December 1990

Previous in series: 19 November 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Special edition featuring Irish poets.

Poems read by Ruth McCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN.

Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: Delver - Michael Hartnett [1.20] read by IM 02: Leinster Street ghosts (extract) - Dermot Bolger [1.41] read by RM 03: Doris Fashions - Paul Durcan [2.40] read by the poet 04: Clearances - Seamus Heaney [0.54] read by IM 05: Lapis Lazuli - W.

B.

Yeats [2.42] read by IM 06: The linen industry - Michael Longley [1.20] read by IM 07: The Duncairn cinema - Sheila McGuiness [0.51] read by IM 08: September Journal - Louis MacNeice [3.28] read by IM

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

poetry

declamation

doris fashions (poem)

the linen industry (poem)

delver (poem)

leinster street ghosts (poem)

clearances (poem)

lapis lazuli (poem)

september journal (poem)

duncairn cinema (poem)

Broadcast history

26 Nov 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Seamus Heaney (Author)

W Yeats (Author)

Louis Macneice (Author)

Michael Longley (Author)

Paul Durcan (Author)

Dermot Bolger (Author)

Michael Harnett (Author)

Sheila Mcguiness (Author)

Pam Brighton (Producer)

Ian Mcelhinney (rdr)

Ruth Mccabe (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-10-15.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1614

Producer: P. BRIGHTON

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Pres Simon RAE. Special edition featuring Irish poets. Poems read by Ruth McCABE, Ian MCELHINNEY and guest poet Paul DURCAN. Prod Pam BRIGHTON.

01: Delver - Michael Hartnett [1.20] read by IM 02: Leinster Street ghosts (extract) - Dermot Bolger [1.41] read by RM 03: Doris Fashions - Paul Durcan [2.40] read by the poet 04: Clearances - Seamus Heaney [0.54] read by IM 05: Lapis Lazuli - W. B. Yeats [2.42] read by IM 06: The linen industry - Michael Longley [1.20] read by IM 07: The Duncairn cinema - Sheila McGuiness [0.51] read by IM 08: September Journal - Louis MacNeice [3.28] read by IM

Programme Catalogue - Details: 27 August 199019900827

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 03 September 1990

Previous in series: 20 August 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Tim PIGOTT-SMITH and guest Alan Bennett.

Prod Susan ROBERTS and Kate McALL.

01: He wishes for the cloths of heaven - W.

B.

Yeats [0.27] 02: Consumer complaint - C.

Marjorie Smith [1.45] 03: The owl critic - James T.

Fields [3.07] 04: MCMXIV - Philip Larkin [1.11] 05: The curfew must not ring tonight - Rosa Hartwick Thorpe [4.32]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the owl critic (poem)

he wishes for the cloths of heaven (poem)

consumer complaint (poem)

mcmxiv (poem)

the curfew must not ring tonight (poem)

Broadcast history

27 Aug 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Philip Larkin (Author)

W Yeats (Author)

C Smith (Author)

James Fields (Author)

Rosa Thorpe (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Kate Mcall (Producer)

Tim Pigott-Smith (rdr)

Alan Bennett (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-07-19.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1601

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Rosalind SHANKS, Tim PIGOTT-SMITH and guest Alan BENNETT. Prod Susan ROBERTS and Kate McALL.

01: He wishes for the cloths of heaven - W. B. Yeats [0.27] 02: Consumer complaint - C. Marjorie Smith [1.45] 03: The owl critic - James T. Fields [3.07] 04: MCMXIV - Philip Larkin [1.11] 05: The curfew must not ring tonight - Rosa Hartwick Thorpe [4.32]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 29 January 199019900129

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 05 February 1990

Previous in series: 22 January 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Liane AUKIN, Michael Tudor BARNES and guest poet Dannie ABSE.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The snowdrop - Walter de la Mare [1.35] 02: Willow song - Anne Stevenson [2.20] 03: To his coy mistress - Andrew Marvell [2.03] 04: Arbor vitae - Coventry Patmore [1.33] 05: Fern Hill - Dylan Thomas [3.05] 06: Goodbye - Alun Lewis [1.51] 07: The winged horse - Hilaire Belloc [1.37]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

fern hill (poem)

goodbye (poem) (alun lewis)

to his coy mistress (poem)

the snowdrop (poem)

willow song (poem)

arbor vitae (poem)

winged horse (poem)

Broadcast history

29 Jan 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Alun Lewis (Author)

Dylan Thomas (Author)

Walter de La Mare (Author)

Hilaire Belloc (Author)

Anne Stevenson (Author)

Andrew Marvell (Author)

Coventry Patmore (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Michael Barnes (rdr)

Liane Aukin (rdr)

Dannie Abse (rdr)

Recorded on 1989-12-14.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1571

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Liane AUKIN, Michael Tudor BARNES and guest poet Dannie ABSE. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 29 October 199019901029

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 05 November 1990

Previous in series: 22 October 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by John MATSHIKIZA, Elaine IVES-CAMERON, and guest poet Derek WALCOTT

01: Cirque d'hiver - Elizabeth Bishop [1.25] 02: Old man - Edward Thomas [2.24] 03: On this island - W.

H.

Auden [0.57] 04: The anniversary - John Donne [1.50] 05: Omeros (2 extracts from Chapters VIII and LXIV) - Derek Walcott [3.07 and 2.23]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

the anniversary (poem)

omeros (poem)

old man (poem)

cirque d'hiver (poem)

on this island (poem)

Broadcast history

29 Oct 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

W Auden (Author)

Edward Thomas (Author)

John Donne (Author)

Derek Walcott (Author)

Elizabeth Bishop (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

John Matshikiza (rdr)

Elaine Ives-Cameron (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-09-30.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1610

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by John MATSHIKIZA, Elaine IVES-CAMERON, and guest poet Derek WALCOTT

01: Cirque d'hiver - Elizabeth Bishop [1.25] 02: Old man - Edward Thomas [2.24] 03: On this island - W. H. Auden [0.57] 04: The anniversary - John Donne [1.50] 05: Omeros (2 extracts from Chapters VIII and LXIV) - Derek Walcott [3.07 and 2.23]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 April 199019900430

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 07 May 1990

Previous in series: 23 April 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: In April - Mary Webb [1.40] A Shropshire lad (extracts) - A.

E.

Housman 02: Reveille [1.03] 03: O see how thick the goldcup flowers [1.24] 04: When the lad for longing sighs [1.38] 05: When smoke stood up from Ludlow [1.09] 06: What love poems say - Stephen Spender [1.04] read by the poet 07: Apple blossom - Louis MacNeice [1.17] 08: Vixi puellis nuper idoneus - Sir Thomas Wyatt [1.33] 09: To night - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.47]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

shropshire lad (poetry collection)

in april (poem)

what love poems say (poem)

apple blossom (poem)

vixi puellis nuper idoneus (poem)

to night (poem)

Broadcast history

30 Apr 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Louis Macneice (Author)

Stephen Spender (Author)

A Housman (Author)

Percy Shelley (Author)

Thomas Wyatt (Author)

Mary Webb (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Bonnie Hurren (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-03-22.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1584

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Andrew SACHS, Bonnie HURREN and guest poet Sir Stephen SPENDER. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: In April - Mary Webb [1.40] A Shropshire lad (extracts) - A. E. Housman 02: Reveille [1.03] 03: O see how thick the goldcup flowers [1.24] 04: When the lad for longing sighs [1.38] 05: When smoke stood up from Ludlow [1.09] 06: What love poems say - Stephen Spender [1.04] read by the poet 07: Apple blossom - Louis MacNeice [1.17] 08: Vixi puellis nuper idoneus - Sir Thomas Wyatt [1.33] 09: To night - Percy Bysshe Shelley [1.47]

Programme Catalogue - Details: 31 December 199019901231

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 14 January 1991

Previous in series: 17 December 1990

Description

Simon RAE introduces a selection of poetry for New Year's Eve, with readers

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

request programmes (genre)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

31 Dec 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Thomas Hardy (Author)

Ted Hughes (Author)

Robert Burns (Author)

Philip Larkin (Author)

Alfred Tennyson (Author)

Anthony Thwaite (Author)

Ogden Nash (Author)

Frances Horovitz (Author)

Richard Wilbur (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Nick Chilvers (rdr)

Betty Mulcahy (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-11-28.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1018

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 500th Edition19900910

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1603

Next in series: 17 September 1990

Previous in series: 03 September 1990

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Description

Simon RAE intros special prog to celebrate the 500th edition. Recorded at the

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

request programmes (genre)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

10 Sep 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Shakespeare (Author)

Noel Coward (Author)

Robert Graves (Author)

Rupert Brooke (Author)

John Magee (Author)

Alfred Noyes (Author)

William Howitt (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Simon RAE intros special prog to celebrate the 500th edition.

Recorded at the

Programme Catalogue - Details: Attila The Stockbroker19950910

Producer: JULIAN WILKINSON

Next in series: 17 September 1995

Previous in series: 03 September 1995

Broadcast history

10 Sep 1995 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-05

Programme Catalogue - Details: Burns Night19960128

Producer: F.GOODALL

Next in series: POETRY ON THE INTERNET

Previous in series: WALTER DE LA MARE

Broadcast history

28 Jan 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-08

Programme Catalogue - Details: Hardy Poems19900604

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 11 June 1990

Previous in series: 28 May 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hardy.

Gues Dr.

Alan CHEDZOY talks abt the life and work of Hardy and reads sex poems.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

All poems by Thomas Hardy.

01: The self unseeing [0.38] 02: To Lizbie Browne [1.45] 03: The ruined maid [1.30] 04: During wind and rain [1.33] 05: At Castle Boterel [2.07] 06: The face at the casement [2.39]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

at castle boterel (poem)

the ruined maid (poem)

the self unseeing (poem)

to lizbie browne (poem)

during wind and rain (poem)

the face at the casement (poem)

Broadcast history

04 Jun 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Alan Chedzoy

Thomas Hardy (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-05-23.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1589

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Pres Simon RAE celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Thomas HARDY. Gues Dr. Alan CHEDZOY talks abt the life and work of Hardy and reads sex poems. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

All poems by Thomas Hardy. 01: The self unseeing [0.38] 02: To Lizbie Browne [1.45] 03: The ruined maid [1.30] 04: During wind and rain [1.33] 05: At Castle Boterel [2.07] 06: The face at the casement [2.39]

Programme Catalogue - Details: John Whitworth19900924

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 01 October 1990

Previous in series: 17 September 1990

Description

Simon RAE introduces your poetry requests with readers Lin SAGOVSKY and David

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

request programmes (genre)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

24 Sep 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

D Lawrence (Author)

Philip Larkin (Author)

A Herbert (Author)

John Whitworth (Author)

Walter Raleigh (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

David Goodland (rdr)

Lin Sagovsky (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-09-13.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1605

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Programme Catalogue - Details: Kenneth Baker19900813

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1599

Recorded on 1990-07-19

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 20 August 1990

Previous in series: 06 August 1990

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Description

As well as the usual requests, Simon RAE asks special guest Kenneth BAKER to

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

Broadcast history

13 Aug 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

G Chesterton (Author)

Henry Longfellow (Author)

Anna de Bary (Author)

Ella Wilcox (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Kate Mcall (Producer)

Tim Pigott-Smith (rdr)

Rosalind Shanks (rdr)

Kenneth Baker (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Liz Lochhead19900716

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Previous in series: TONY HARRISON

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Martin JARVIS, Elizabeth BELL and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: A summer wish - Christina Rossetti [1.00] 02: Scotland - Sir Alexander Gray [1.30] 03: Inversnaid - Gerard Manley Hopkins [0.48] 04: How have I been - Liz Lochhead [0.56] 05: A song of myself - John Keats [1.30] 06: One foot in Eden - edwin Muir [1.26] 07: A runnable stag - John Davidson [3.50]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

one foot in eden (poem)

a summer wish (poem)

scotland (poem)

inversnaid (poem)

how have i been (poem)

a song of myself (poem) (john keats)

a runnable stag (poem)

Broadcast history

16 Jul 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

John Davidson (Author)

Gerard Hopkins (Author)

John Keats (Author)

Christina Rossetti (Author)

Edwin Muir (Author)

Alexander Gray (Author)

Elizabeth Lochhead (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Martin Jarvis (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-20.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1595

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Martin JARVIS, Elizabeth BELL and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Liz Lochhead19900723

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Previous in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Martin JARVIS and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: At the mid hour of night - Thomas Moore [0.52] 02: A woman's last word - Robert Browning [1.19] 03: Clover - Liz Lochhead [1.03] 04: Childe Rolandine - Stevie Smith [1.47] 05: A man's a man for A' that - Robert Burns [1.50] 06: The story of Mrs W - Dorothy Parker [1.00] 07: The strange music - G.

K.

Chesterton [1.24]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

at the mid hour of night (poem)

a woman's last word (poem)

clover (poem)

childe rolandine (poem)

a man's a man for a' that (poem)

the story of mrs w (poem)

the strange music (poem)

Broadcast history

23 Jul 1990 11:42-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Robert Burns (Author)

Liz Lochhead (Author)

Dorothy Parker (Author)

Stevie Smith (Author)

Robert Browning (Author)

G Chesterton (Author)

Thomas Moore (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Martin Jarvis (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-20.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1596

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Elizabeth BELL, Martin JARVIS and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: At the mid hour of night - Thomas Moore [0.52] 02: A woman's last word - Robert Browning [1.19] 03: Clover - Liz Lochhead [1.03] 04: Childe Rolandine - Stevie Smith [1.47] 05: A man's a man for A' that - Robert Burns [1.50] 06: The story of Mrs W - Dorothy Parker [1.00] 07: The strange music - G. K. Chesterton [1.24]

Programme Catalogue - Details: Liz Lochhead19900730

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 06 August 1990

Previous in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Description

Pres Simon RAE.

Poems read by Martin JARVIS, Elizabeth BELL and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Summer sun - R.

L.

Stevenson [0.58] 02: As the team's head brass - Edward Thomas [2.10] 03: Glasgow green - Edwin Morgan [2.40] 04: The people's poet - Liz Lochhead [3.58] 05: The little green orchard - Walter de la Mare [1.22]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

glasgow green (poem)

as the team's head brass (poem)

summer sun (poem)

the people's poet (poem)

the little green orchard (poem)

Broadcast history

30 Jul 1990 11:42-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Robert Stevenson (Author)

Liz Lochhead (Author)

Edward Thomas (Author)

Walter de La Mare (Author)

Edwin Morgan (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Martin Jarvis (rdr)

Elizabeth Bell (rdr)

Recorded on 1990-06-20.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1597

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Pres Simon RAE. Poems read by Martin JARVIS, Elizabeth BELL and guest poet Liz LOCHHEAD. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: Summer sun - R. L. Stevenson [0.58] 02: As the team's head brass - Edward Thomas [2.10] 03: Glasgow green - Edwin Morgan [2.40] 04: The people's poet - Liz Lochhead [3.58] 05: The little green orchard - Walter de la Mare [1.22]

Programme Catalogue - Details: Poetry On The Internet19960204

Producer: F.

GOODALL

Next in series: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL 1

Previous in series: BURNS NIGHT

Broadcast history

04 Feb 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-01.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Tony Harrison19900709

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1594

Recorded on 1990-06-02

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: LIZ LOCHHEAD

Previous in series: 02 July 1990

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Poetry Please Special in which Tony HARRISON gives the first public reading

Pres Simon RAE with guest Tony HARRISON. The first public reading of a new poem by Tony HARRISON "The mother of the muses". Prod Susan ROBERTS.

The mother of the muses - Tony HARRISON [18.14]

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

arts programmes (genre)

poetry

declamation

the mother of the muses (poem)

Broadcast history

09 Jul 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

Tony Harrison (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Pres Simon RAE with guest Tony HARRISON.

The first public reading of a new poem by Tony HARRISON "The mother of the muses".

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Valentine's Special 119960211

Producer: E.RILEY

Next in series: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL 2

Previous in series: POETRY ON THE INTERNET

Broadcast history

11 Feb 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-06.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Valentine's Special 219960218

Producer: E.RILEY

Next in series: YOUNG POETRY COMPETITION

Previous in series: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL 1

Broadcast history

18 Feb 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-06.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Walter De La Mare19960121

Producer: F.GOODALL

Next in series: BURNS NIGHT

Previous in series: 14 January 1996

Broadcast history

21 Jan 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-10

Programme Catalogue - Details: Wordsworth Museum19900625

Producer: ROBERTS, S

Next in series: 02 July 1990

Previous in series: 18 June 1990

Description

Pres Simon RAE from the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere.

With guests Dr Robert WOOF and poet and playwright Tony HARRISON who reads from Wordsworth's poetry.

Prod Susan ROBERTS.

01: The daffodils [1.15] 02: Prelude (book 6) [2.06] 03: Prelude (book 9) [2.25] 04: Prelude (book 10) [2.28] 05: Prelude (book 10) [2.31]

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Broadcast history

25 Jun 1990 11:40-12:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Rae

William Wordsworth (Author)

Susan Roberts (Producer)

Tony Harrison (rdr)

Robert Woof (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-06-02.

BBC Programme Number: 90WT1592

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Pres Simon RAE from the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere. With guests Dr Robert WOOF and poet and playwright Tony HARRISON who reads from Wordsworth's poetry. Prod Susan ROBERTS.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Young Poetry Competition19960225

Producer: E.

RILEY

Next in series: A.

E.

HOUSEMAN 1/2

Previous in series: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL 2

Broadcast history

25 Feb 1996 17:30-17:50 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-21.

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4.

Radio2004101720041023

Poet and professor of radio, Sean Street, joins Roger Mcgough to celebrate sounds, radio and the joy of listening.

The readers are Sally Cookson, David Collins and Jamie Glover.

Making a special guest appearance are radio 4 announcers Charlotte Green and Peter Jefferson who read a poem about the shipping forecast.

Poet and professor of radio, Sean Street, joins roger mcgough to celebrate sounds, radio and the joy of listening. The readers are Sally Cookson, David Collins and Jamie Glover. Making a special guest appearance are radio 4 announcers Charlotte Green and Peter Jefferson who read a poem about the shipping forecast.

Remember2014092820141004 (R4)

To coincide with National Poetry Day, Roger McGough presents listeners requests on the theme of 'Remember'. Including 'Aftermath', a moving poem of the First World War by Siegfried Sassoon, Brian Patten reading 'So Many Different Lengths of Time', and the Christina Rossetti classic 'Remember'.

Robert Burns And More2016012420160130 (R4)

Roger McGough with listeners' requests, including poetry by Robert Burns, Ben Okri and Gerard Manley Hopkins. with readings by Sir Ian McKellan and Liz Lochhead as well as Ariyon Bakare, Jasmine Hyde and Patrick Romer. Producer Sally Heaven.

Robert Lowell And The Pulitzer Prize For Poetry20170506

Roger McGough celebrates American poet Robert Lowell and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Robert W Service *2008092120080927

Roger Mcgough introduces listeners' poetry requests.

He marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert W Service, nicknamed the Canadian Kipling, one of the most widely read poets of the 20th century.

Many of his works commemorated the hardships and drama of the Yukon Gold Rush.

Jimmy Yuill reads such classics as The Shooting of Dan McGrew.

Rural Miscellany2015101120151017 (R4)

Roger McGough presents listeners' favourite poetry, including works by Robert Frost.

Roger McGough presents listeners' favourite poetry on a rural theme, including works by Robert Frost, John Clare, Christina Rossetti, and Wendell Berry, recorded for the programme in his native Kentucky. Producer Sally Heaven.

Seamus Heaney - Death Of A Naturalist2016100220161008 (R4)

Roger McGough marks 50 years since Seamus Heaney published his first collection, Death of a Naturalist. Featuring interviews from Heaney's childhood home of Bellaghy, and archive recordings of the poet reading his work. Poems include Digging, Mid Term Break and Blackberry Picking. Producer Sally Heaven.

Roger McGough marks 50 years since Seamus Heaney published Death of a Naturalist.

Seasonal Verse2004121420041219

Roger McCough has a feast of seasonal verse with works by UA Fanthorpe, Helen Dunmore and William Wordsworth acknowledging more than just the joys of a healthy appetite.

Secrets20170618

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Secrets.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Secrets, partly inspired by Helen Dunmore's 1995 collection of the same name. With poems by Seamus Heaney, Blake Morrison and G K Chesterton dealing with the subject, the programme features an interview with a poet; Don Paterson OBE and a priest; Father Christopher Hilton.
Readers are Pippa Haywood and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Secrets20170624

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' poetry requests on the theme of secrets.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Secrets, partly inspired by Helen Dunmore's 1995 collection of the same name. With poems by Seamus Heaney, Blake Morrison and G K Chesterton dealing with the subject, the programme features an interview with a poet; Don Paterson OBE and a priest; Father Christopher Hilton.
Readers are Pippa Haywood and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Shakespeare's Sonnets2015030820150314 (R4)

Roger McGough with a selection of Shakespeare's passionate, jealous and lustful sonnets read in new and archive recordings by some favourite Poetry Please actors.

Sinead Morrissey20180204

joins Roger McGough to share her favourite poems from listeners' requests

Sir john Betjeman2004051620040522
Sir john Betjeman2004051620040522

Roger Mcgough introduces poetry by EE Cummings, Vernon Scannell and Billy Collins on the themes of life, death and renewal.

Read by Alice Arnold, Peter Marinker and David Collins.

Roger Mcgough celebrates the legacy of the former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, who died twenty years ago this week.

We'll hear an excerpt from Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells, and Roger interviews his biographer, Bevis Hillier, who's spent the best part of thirty years researching and writing up the life of Betjeman.

Other poetry will be read by Alice Arnold and Peter Marinker

Roger McGough celebrates the legacy of the former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, who died twenty years ago this week. We'll hear an excerpt from Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells, and Roger interviews his biographer, Bevis Hillier, who's spent the best part of thirty years researching and writing up the life of Betjeman. Other poetry will be read by Alice Arnold and Peter Marinker.

Sir john Betjeman2004051620040523
Snow And Solitude2009102520091031

Roger McGough introduces poems about snow and solitude.

There are splashes of colour too, with Goulash by Myra Schneider and Poppies by Carole Satymurti.

The readers are Mark Meadows, Tanya Moodie and Osi Okerafor.

Special19970906
Spring2017031920170325 (R4)

Daffodils, lambs, snow melt, green shoots and lengthening days... Roger McGough explores the BBC archives to find the most evocative spring poems read by some of our best actors. With poems by Alice Oswald, Laurie Lee, Robin Robertson, Philip Larkin, Kathryn Simmonds and Edward Thomas.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

Stages Of Life2014062220140628

Roger McGough presents poems on a range of subjects including machines, butterflies, and the stages of life we go through. Poets featured include John Donne, Edna St Vincent Millay, Jean Sprackland and Louis MacNeice. Readers are Jasmine Hyde and Finbar Lynch.

Stimulating The Senses2004110720041113

Roger Mcgough presents poetry which stimulates the senses, including poems by Jenny Joseph, DH Lawrence and John Agard.

Readers are Alice Arnold and Sean Barrett.

Roger McGough presents poetry which stimulates the senses, including poems by Jenny Joseph, D H Lawrence and John Agard. Readers are Alice Arnold and Sean Barrett. [Rpt Sat, 11.30pm]

Roger McGough presents poetry which stimulates the senses, including poems by Jenny Joseph, DH Lawrence and John Agard. Readers are Alice Arnold and Sean Barrett. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Story Poems 22013090820130914
Story Poems 22013091520130921
Teenagers2015022220150228 (R4)

Roger McGough presents poetry by, for and about, teenagers including works by Thomas Chatterton, Adrian Mitchell, Wendy Cope, Imtiaz Dharker and Foyle Young Poets winner Ila Colley.

The Ballad Of Reading Gaol By Oscar Wilde2012100720121013

Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, read by Alex Jennings. Presented by Roger McGough.

In May 1897 Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol. That month he began to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol - to express his horror and outrage at what he had witnessed during his years in prison. The poem memorialises a fellow prisoner, who was hanged for murder in 1896.

Wilde wrote it in exile in Dieppe, then Naples. He finished it in October that same year, and it was published the following year, 1898. The author's name was given simply as C. 3. 3., Wilde's number in Reading Gaol, his cell being the third on the third floor of Block C.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

The Body20170604
The Body20170610

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems about the body.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems which celebrate the body in all its forms whether stretched, flabby, swollen or svelte.

Inspired by Walt Whitman's 'I Sing The Body Electric', the programme features poems from Sylvia Plath, Stevie Smith, Sharon Olds and P J Harvey as well as an interview and reading from Andrew McMillan whose first ever poetry collection, 'Physical' won The Guardian First Book Award in 2015.

Readers are Rosie Cavaliero and John Mackay.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

The Brownings2014100520141011 (R4)

Roger McGough with a special programme on Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Roger McGough is joined by Professor Daniel Karlin to talk about the power couple of British poetry, Robert and Elizabeth Browning. Poems include the classics 'How Do I Love Thee?' and 'Home Thoughts from Abroad'. With an appearance by Sir David Attenborough.

The Lakes And The Caribbean2016020720160213 (R4)

Roger McGough with a miscellany including poetry from The Lakes and the Caribbean, as well as a trilogy for worriers. The poetry comes from Stevie Smith, Matt Harvey, Percy Shelley, Fleur Adcock and others. Producer Sally Heaven.

The Language Of Music2005010920050115

Poetry shares much with music, such as metre and rhythm.

In this edition, Roger Mcgough presents requests for poems that celebrate the musicality of language, and the language of music.

It includes poems by Don Paterson, Anne Stevenson, Edgar Allen Poe and the fiddler and poet Michael Donaghy, who died last September.

Poetry shares much with music, such as metre and rhythm. In this edition, Roger McGough presents requests for poems that celebrate the musicality of language, and the language of music.

The Poem As Portrait2017022620170304 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of requests for poems which paint a portrait, including contributions from Lord Byron, UA Fanthorpe and Charles Causley. Producer Sally Heaven.

The Poet And The General2003040620030412

Don Taylor introduces the story of the poet Andrew Marvells two years in literary seclusion, at Nunappleton House in YORKshire, with the retired Lord General of the New Model Army, Sir Thomas Fairfax.

Marvell....Anton Lesser Fairfax....Edward Petherbridge Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Thomas Gray2016090420160910 (R4)

Roger McGough marks 300 years since the birth of the influential poet Thomas Gray, author of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, with a visit to the graveyard itself, in Stoke Poges. With readers Mark Meadows and Katie Sobey. Producer Sally Heaven.

Time, Memory And Remembrance2016042420160430 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' poetry requests.

Roger McGough marks a series of poetic anniversaries with a programme on the theme of time, memory and remembrance. Shakespeare, of course, makes an appearance, as does Charlotte Bronte. It's also a century since the Easter Rising in Dublin inspired WB Yeats and others to put pen to paper. More reflections on time and memory come from poets including TS Eliot and Thomas Hardy. Producer Sally Heaven.

Virtue And Vice20170611
Virtue And Vice20170617

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests on the theme of Virtue and Vice.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Virtue and Vice, that moral tug of war.

Guiding us through the moral maze will be poems from Thomas Hardy, Simon Armitage and Ogden Nash about temptation, conflict and the pleasures of resisting or succumbing to everything in between. How could you resist?

Readers are Rosie Cavaliero and John Mackay.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

W H Auden2007021820070224

Marking the centenary of arguably the most important poet of the 20th century in the English language after Ts Eliot, Roger Mcgough introduces requests for works by W H Auden.

The reader is Douglas Hodge

Marking the centenary of arguably the most important poet of the 20th century in the English language after TS Eliot, Roger McGough introduces requests for works by WH Auden. The reader is Douglas Hodge.

Walter De La Mare2006061120060617

A celebration of a poet Walter De La Mare, who died 50 years ago this month.

Roger Mcgough presents a wide selection of listeners' requests for his work and talks to contemporary poet Matthew Sweeney about de la Mare's special gifts.

The readers are Jonathan Gunning and Kate Littlewood

A celebration of a poet Walter de la Mare, who died 50 years ago this month. Roger McGough presents a wide selection of listeners' requests for his work and talks to contemporary poet Matthew Sweeney about de la Mare's special gifts. The readers are Jonathan Gunning and Kate Littlewood.

Wendy Cope2018080520180811 (R4)

Roger McGough and Wendy Cope present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Wendy Cope, with a selection of her favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. Choices include requests for poems by A E Housman, Philip Larkin, W H Auden, Fleur Adcock, Edna St Vincent Millay and Charles Causley.

Wendy Cope has published several volumes of poetry including Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Serious Concerns. A remarkable talent for parody and for using humour to address grave topics, she also recites some of her new poems from her recent collection, Anecdotal Evidence (Faber 2018).

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Wendy Cope20180805

Roger McGough and Wendy Cope present a selection of listeners' requests.

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners

Roger McGough is joined by Wendy Cope, with a selection of her favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. Choices include requests for poems by A E Housman, Philip Larkin, W H Auden, Fleur Adcock, Edna St Vincent Millay and Charles Causley.

Wendy Cope has published several volumes of poetry including Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Serious Concerns. A remarkable talent for parody and for using humour to address grave topics, she also recites some of her new poems from her recent collection, Anecdotal Evidence (Faber 2018).

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

West African Poetry And Sinead Morrissey2014030220140308

Roger McGough presents an edition of the poetry request programme which includes a selection of West African poetry, the winner of this year's TS Eliot prize Sinead Morrissey, and a chance to hear up and coming performance poet Hollie McNish.

Roger McGough presents an edition of the poetry request programme which includes a selection of West African poetry, the winner of this year's TS Eliot prize Sinead Morrissey, and a chance to hear up and coming performance poet Holly McNish.

Wildlife Magazine Poetry Competition 20042004092620041002

Roger Mcgough returns with a selection of favourite poems inspired by the animal kingdom, including the winners of the BBC Wildlife Magazine Poetry Competition 2004.

The readers are Miriam Margolyes and David Collins.

William Barnes2006021920060225

Roger Mcgough celebrates the work of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes.

Readers are Alan Chedzoy, Ray Sargent and Devina Symes.

Roger McGough celebrates the work of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes. Readers are Alan Chedzoy, Ray Sargent and Devina Symes. [Rptd Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough celebrates the work of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes. Readers are Alan Chedzoy, Ray Sargent and Devina Symes. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Winter, Star-gazing And Time2012010820120114

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about Winter, star-gazing and time, read by Pippa Haywood, Peter Marinker, Mark Meadows and Nadia Williams.

There are well-known works by Sheenagh Pugh and Alfred Tennyson contemplating the new year. Roger marks Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a poem of his own, and one by Walt Whitman who found peace gazing starwards.

Winter looms large, with poems by Longfellow and Edna St. Vincent Millay, but in contrast there are rays of sunshine from Billy Collins and John Lyons.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about winter, star-gazing and time.

There are well-known works by Sheenagh Pugh and Alfred Tennyson contemplating the new year. Roger marks Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a poem by Robert Frost about the importance of telescopes.

Winter looms large, with poems by Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dana Gioia, but in contrast there are rays of sunshine from John Lyons.

Producer: Toby Field.

Winter, Star-gazing And Time20120114

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about Winter, star-gazing and time, read by Pippa Haywood, Peter Marinker, Mark Meadows and Nadia Williams.

There are well-known works by Sheenagh Pugh and Alfred Tennyson contemplating the new year. Roger marks Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a poem by Robert Frost about the importance of telescopes.

Winter looms large, with poems by Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dana Gioia, but in contrast there are rays of sunshine from John Lyons.

Producer: Toby Field.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry about winter, star-gazing and time.

Women Poets2016030620160312 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry written by women.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry written by women including Charlotte Mew, Wendy Cope and Kathleen Jamie. Maya Angelou reads her own work in a recording from the archives. Other readers are Lucy Black and Fiona Shaw. Producer Sally Heaven.

Wonder2005020620050212

Roger Mcgough introduces poems about wonder, including Raymond Carver's Happiness and Henry Sandon reading Martin Armstrong's Miss Thompson Goes Shopping.

Roger McGough introduces poems about wonder, including Raymond Carver's Happiness and Henry Sandon reading Martin Armstrong's Miss Thompson Goes Shopping. [Rpt Sat 11.30pm]

Roger McGough introduces poems about wonder, including Raymond Carver's Happiness and Henry Sandon reading Martin Armstrong's Miss Thompson Goes Shopping. [Rpt of Sun 4.30pm]

Words For Weddings And Other Celebrations2013062320130629

Roger McGough finds words for weddings and other celebrations in poems requested by listeners. With readers Juliet Aubrey, Mark Meadows and Harry Livingstone.

Carol Ann Duffy says that 'Britain has many countries and one of them is poetry." Today's programme is all about where we go when we want words to mark a celebration and take us somewhere memorable and extraordinary, with an emphasis on weddings.

Roger includes two 'wedding' sonnets by Shakespeare, 116 and 8; 'Sunrise' by Mary Oliver; 'Poem for a North London Wedding' by Tobias Hill and Christopher Marlowe's beautiful pastoral poem: 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love'.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Bells, brides and vows: Roger McGough finds words for weddings and other celebrations.

Work20170528
Work20170603

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems on the theme of work.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems on the theme of work; praising meaningful days, night shifts and tool boxes. Today's programme features poets Liz Berry, William Letford and Caleb Parkin reading their own works, and others from Carolyn Wells, Phillip Levine and U. A Fanthorpe.

Producer: Eliza Lomas.

Wounds And Scars2016052220160528 (R4)

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests on the theme of wounds and scars.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests on the theme of wounds and scars, both literal and metaphorical. Including poems specially recorded for the programme by Hollie McNish, work by Siegfried Sassoon and Rumi, and an archive recording of Juliet Stevenson reading Edna St Vincent Millay's Time Does Not Bring Relief. Producer Sally Heaven.

Yeats2014083120140906

Roger McGough presents a programme marking 75 years since the death of WB Yeats.

Roger McGough presents a special programme marking 75 years since the death of WB Yeats. With Yeats' biographer Professor Roy Foster, voices from the archive including Seamus Heaney, Sinead Cusack and Steven Rea, and of course some of Yeats' best loved poetry. Poems requested by listeners and featured on the programme include He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, The Lake Isle of Innisfree and The Second Coming.

0520091017 (R4)

5/7 Roger McGough celebrates the 30th anniversary of the programme, introducing a selection of the most frequently requested poems, read by Stephanie Cole ,

Helen Baxendale and Patrick Malahide. Rptd from sun

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LAST2007082620070901

Roger Mcgough presents poems on themes reflecting the end of the summer such as enjoying the garden, working the land and preparing for the inevitable return to school.

He also looks at a collection of artwork drawn especially for him by a class of primary school pupils who were inspired by one of his own poems.

LASTThe Open Road2004061320040619

In the last of the current series of poetry please before the summer holidays, Roger Mcgough presents requests for poems that celebrate travel and the allure of life on the open road.

Among the poets represented are John Masefield, Thom Gunn and Seamus Heaney.

The readers are Bonnie Hurren, David Collins And Alice Arnold.

In the last of the current series of poetry please before the summer holidays, Roger McGough presents requests for poems that celebrate travel and the allure of life on the open road. Among the poets represented are John Masefield, Thom Gunn and Seamus Heaney. The readers are Bonnie Hurren, David Collins And Alice Arnold.

SPWole Soyinka2004040420040410

Roger Mcgough introduces a special edition of the programme in which the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and dramatist, Wole Soyinka reads some of his poetry.

0202 LAST
202C0111 September2002090820020914

Roger Mcgough begins a new series of the poetry magazine with a selection of popular requests.

Also featured are poems from a new collection compiled in response to 11 September.

202C02Nature2002091520020921

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for favourite nature poems plus two winners from this year's BBC Wildlife Magazine Poet of the Year competition.

202C03Cats2002092220020928

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for favourite cat poems, including ones by Stevie Smith and Charles Causley.

202C04Comic Verses2002092920021005

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for comic verses about cocoa, parsley, booze and PSYCHIATRISTs, read by Michael Fenton Stevens, Pippa Haywood, Michael Elwyn and Peter Marinker

202C05Autumn2002100620021012

Roger Mcgough introduces a seasonal journey through the poetry of autumn, including verse by John Clare, Ted Hughes and Edward Thomas.

202C06Birmingham Book Festival2002101320021019

Roger Mcgough presents a special edition of the magazine live from the BIRMINGHAM Book Festival, where he is joined by his former musical collaborator, guitarist Andy Roberts.

202C07Birmingham Book Festival2002102020021026

Roger Mcgough presents a selection of poetry requests from the BIRMINGHAM Book Festival, with readers Carole Boyd and Bill Wallis and musician Andy Roberts.

202C08Christina Rossetti2002102720021102

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry magazine.

This edition focuses on the verse of Christina Rossetti and includes a reading of Goblin Market.

202C09 LASTFirst World War2002110320021109

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' requests, including poems by Danny Abse and Paul Duncan.

Plus a report on a major First World War poets exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

202D01Seasonal Offerings2002122220021228

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

Including seasonal offerings from U A Fanthorpe, Laurie Lee and Patrick Kavanagh.

202D02The New Year2002122920030104

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

This edition features poems for the new year and includes verse by John Clare, Thomas Hardy and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

202D032003010520030111

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

This edition features poems old and new and includes verse by Matthew Arnold, Wendy Cope and Ogden Nash.

202D042003011220030118

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

Today's programme includes a Dorset dialect poem by William Barnes and a tale of the AUSTRALIAn outback by `Banjo' Patterson.

202D052003011920030125

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

Today's programme includes Vikram Seth's tribute to those who SLEEP alone, C P Cavafy's Ithaka, and Carol Ann Duffy's Litany.

202D06The Hunting Of The Snark2003012620030201

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

Today's programme features actor and writer Ken Campbell reciting Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

202D07Seasons2003020220030208

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

Today's programme has a seasonal flavour and includes A February Morning by Leslie Norris and A February Thaw by John Clare.

202D082003020920030215

Roger Mcgough presents the poetry request show.

202D09 LASTPassionate And Tender Poems2003021620030222

Roger Mcgough with the poetry request show.

This edition features passionate and tender poems by Shelley, Burns and Marvell, read by Imogen Stubbs, Andrew Sachs and Sean Barratt.

203B012003122820040103
203B01Actors Or Poets2003042720030503

Roger Mcgough presents a new series of the poetry request show, returning to the hot debate over whether it's best for actors to read the poems, or the poets themselves.

203B02Charles Causley1997082420040110

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for the work of the late Charles Causley, one of the most popular poets of recent times.

A special edition to celebrate the 80th birthday of Charles Causley, one of the century's last great popular poets.

The programme comes from his home in Cornwall, where he talks about his life and reads a selection of his own work.

203B02Charles Causley2004010420040110
203B02Dante Gabriel Rossetti2003050420030510

Roger Mcgough introduces popular poems, among them some sonnnets by the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the 175th anniversary of whose birth falls this week.

News follows.

/ Roger Mcgough introduces popular poems, among them some sonnets by the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the 175th anniversary of whose birth falls this week.

203B03Anon2004011120040117

Roger Mcgough introduces old ENGLISH ballads and witty rhymes in a programme featuring requests for verse by anonymous poets.

203B03The Poetry Library2003051120030517

is fifty years old.

Taking part in its anniversary celebrations, Roger Mcgough visits its home at the Royal Festival Hall in LONDON's South Bank Centre, taking requests for poems from members and staff alike.

He also reveals the results of a poll conducted by the Poetry Library and the Poetry Book Society, indicating the favourite poems and poets of the last half century, among them works by Derek Mahon, Carol Ann Duffy, Stevie Smith and others.

203B04The Eve Of St Agnes2004011820040124

Roger Mcgough presents the seasonal poem The Eve Of St Agnes by John Keats; a story of love, lust and legend that takes place over the course of a cold January night.

203B04War Poetry2003051820030524

All a poet can do today is warn, wrote Wilfred Owen during the First World War.

From the earliest times poets have written about the horrors and heroism of war.

In today's programme Roger Mcgough presents a selection of war poetry requested by listeners.

203B05Places2004012520040131

From a tea shop in Bath, through a snowy LONDON to a high tide on the coast of Lincolnshire, Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of poems inspired by places.

203B05The Song Of Hiawatha2003052520030531

Roger Mcgough introduces extracts from Longfellow's classic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

The reader is Nigel Anthony

203B062003060120030607
203B06Rudyard Kipling2004020120040207

Roger Mcgough presents an edition of Poetry Please devoted to the verse of Rudyard Kipling, who is not only the author of the nation's favoourite poem, If, but is also the most requested poet on the programme.

Reader Bill Wallis

203B07Love2003060820030614

From grand passions and divine yearnings to curious obsessions and guilty secrets, Roger Mcgough presents listeners' favourite poems on the theme of love.

The readers are Sean Barrett, Bonnie Hurren and Rupert Ward-Lewis.

203B07Love2004020820040214

With Valentine's Day as inspiration, Roger Mcgough introduces a selection of listeners' requests on a theme that has inspired poets throughout the ages.

203B08Blues And Hues2003061520030621

Roger Mcgough introduces listener's requests for poems the colour of summer.

Read by Stephen Rea, Lorelei King, Helen Sheals, Michael Maloney and the poets Michael Longley and Billy Collins

203B08 LASTFeburary2004021520040221

Roger Mcgough presents a selection of listeners' favourite verse, as requested.

203B09The Newborn And The Dead2003062220030628

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' choices of poetry for the newborn and the recently dead.

With Stephen Rea, Jill Balcon, Helen Sheals and Michael Maloney

203B10 LASTSomewhere Else2003062920030705

Do you wish you were somewhere else? Roger Mcgough introduces poems listeners have selected about yearning for other times and places.

With Stephen Rea, Lorelei King, Helen Sheals, Jill Balcon and Michael Maloney

203C01Wildlife Magazine's Poet Of The Year2003091420030920

Roger Mcgough with requests for your favourite nature poems, read by Bonnie Hurren and Michael Elwyn, and celebrates with the winners of BBC Wildlife Magazine's 'Poet of the Year'.

203C02Kathleen Raine2000100820030927
203C02Kathleen Raine2003092120030927

Frank Delaney introduces requests for poetry by WB Yeats and William Blake and features an interview and readings from their greatest living commentator, Kathleen Raine.

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' choices and pays tribute to Kathleen Raine, who died earlier this year.

Readers are David Collins, Sally Cookson and Phyllida Nash

203C03Autumn2003092820031004

Roger Mcgough presents listeners' choices of poetry and pays tribute to Kathleen Raine, who died earlier this year.

Readers are David Collins, Sally Cookson and Phyllida Nash

203C042003100520031011

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for favourite poems by, among others, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and John Betjeman.

The readers are Peter Marinker and Alice Arnold.

203C05Medical Themes2003101220031018

Roger Mcgough introduces requests for poems old and new by, among others, Rudyard Kipling, Dannie Abse, Keats and Simon Armitage.

This week there's something of a medical theme to the poems, and the readers are Peter Marinker and Alice Arnold

203C06Poetry Society In London's Betterton St2003101920031025

In a special edition of Poetry Please Roger Mcgough visits the home of the Poetry Society in LONDON's Betterton St.

He meets the staff, and takes requests for favourite poems from members all around the UK.

Poems range from an eighth century Japanese one to Frank O'Hara's love song to Lana Turner.

The readers are Peter Marinker and Alice Arnold.

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All age groups are welcome to Roger Mcgough's miscellany of favourite children's poems.

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Delight in the natural world, relationships and an Iraqi peace poem feature in Roger Mcgough's selection of listeners' favourites.

Read by David Collins and Bonnie Hurren

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Fiona Shaw reads one of the greatest epics of the twentieth century, T S Eliot's The Waste Land, a poem detailing the human soul's journey in search of redemption.

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Roger Mcgough opens a new series with gifts a-plenty, including treats from UA Fanthorpe, Laurie Lee and Elizabeth Jennings, in a seasonal edition.

There is a tale of thespian misbehaviour during the school nativity and a salute to some of the less glamorous aspects of the season, like sorting out the Christmas tree lights.

Robert Louis Stevenson tells us of windswept nostalgic thoughts of times long gone, and other offerings include gems from Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.

The readers are Tom Lawrence, Kate Littlewood and Patrick Romer.

Roger McGough opens a new series with gifts a-plenty, including treats from UA Fanthorpe, Laurie Lee and Elizabeth Jennings, in a seasonal edition. There is a tale of thespian misbehaviour during the school nativity and a salute to some of the less glamorous aspects of the season, like sorting out the Christmas tree lights.

Robert Louis Stevenson tells us of windswept nostalgic thoughts of times long gone, and other offerings include gems from Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah. The readers are Tom Lawrence, Kate Littlewood and Patrick Romer.

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Roger McGough returns with a new series of your poetry requests, including work by Bertolt Brecht, Rudyard Kipling and Kate Scott.

There's something of a food-related theme to the edition, with William Carlos Williams' evocative poem describing the chilled plums he's raided from the fridge.

Kipling's poem 'Arithmetic on the Frontier' weighs a British soldier's life against that of his adversaries, and his own officers.

The readers are Jon Strickland and Phyllida Nash.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough returns with a new series of your poetry requests, including work by Brecht.

Roger McGough returns with a new series of your poetry requests, including work by Bertolt Brecht, Rudyard Kipling and Kate Scott. There's something of a food-related theme to the edition, with William Carlos Williams' evocative poem describing the chilled plums he's raided from the fridge. Kipling's poem 'Arithmetic on the Frontier' weighs a British soldier's life against that of his adversaries, and his own officers. The readers are Jon Strickland and Phyllida Nash.

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Roger McGough introduces requests for TS Eliot's groundbreaking modernist poem The Waste Land.

First published in 1922, the programme draws upon existing recordings of the work by Eliot himself and Ted Hughes, with a new recording read by Lia Williams.

The effect is to semi-dramatise this extremely influential work which extended the range of the dramatic monologue.

Known for its almost deliberate obscurity in places, what the listener hears in this version is instead a clear, intriguing interpretation of the poem, intercutting between the different voices.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces TS Eliot's groundbreaking modernist poem The Waste Land.

Roger McGough introduces requests for TS Eliot's groundbreaking modernist poem The Waste Land. First published in 1922, the programme draws upon existing recordings of the work by Eliot himself and Ted Hughes, with a new recording read by Lia Williams. The effect is to semi-dramatise this extremely influential work which extended the range of the dramatic monologue. Known for its almost deliberate obscurity in places, what the listener hears in this version is instead a clear, intriguing interpretation of the poem, intercutting between the different voices.

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The greatest of all musician-poets was Orpheus, the lyre player and lyricist who charmed even the birds and the beasts, but went to hell and back in pursuit of his enduring love, Eurydice.

Of course, he ignored the injunctions against glancing back at her whilst leaving Hades, and lost her for all time.

It's a myth that has captured the imagination of poets since time immemorial.

In this edition of Poetry Please Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that shed unexpected, many-angled light upon this vital, evergreen tale, with works by , Carol Ann Duffy, CK Williams and others.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that explore the myth of Orpheus in Hades.

The greatest of all musician-poets was Orpheus, the lyre player and lyricist who charmed even the birds and the beasts, but went to hell and back in pursuit of his enduring love, Eurydice. Of course, he ignored the injunctions against glancing back at her whilst leaving Hades, and lost her for all time. It's a myth that has captured the imagination of poets since time immemorial. In this edition of Poetry Please Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that shed unexpected, many-angled light upon this vital, evergreen tale, with works by , Carol Ann Duffy, CK Williams and others.

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Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests to stir the senses; from the contemporary to the canonical, read by John Sessions and Catherine Cusack.

With work by Coleridge, Cavafy, Larkin and Plath, as well as less familiar names like the American Chase Twichell seeking solace in the company of trees.

There's a mysterious story about an exiled aristocrat by Robert Graves, and a blast of fresh air from Vicki Feaver.

There's also an evocative poem by Robert Minhinnick, where the recollection of the feeling of holding a bird in the palm of the hand provokes a powerful question.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests to stir the senses.

With work by Coleridge, Cavafy, Larkin and Plath, as well as less familiar names like the American Chase Twichell seeking solace in the company of trees. There's a mysterious story about an exiled aristocrat by Robert Graves, and a blast of fresh air from Vicki Feaver. There's also an evocative poem by Robert Minhinnick, where the recollection of the feeling of holding a bird in the palm of the hand provokes a powerful question.

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Roger Mcgough with a magical mix of poetry requests, including work by Hilaire Belloc, DH Lawrence and Imtiaz Dharker.

The readers are John Sessions and Catherine Cusack.

Imtiaz Dharker also joins the programme to read her own poem about the miraculous daily arrival of thousands of tiffin boxes to their correct destinations in the city of Mumbai.

There's a mesmerising rendition from 1932 of The Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc (which many will know from its opening refrain of 'Do you remember an inn, Miranda?') Also, Roger reads one of his own most well liked poems 'At Lunchtime', and DH Lawrence considers the more sedentary affairs of tortoises.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger Mcgough with a magical mix of your poetry requests.

Roger McGough with a magical mix of poetry requests, including work by Hilaire Belloc, DH Lawrence and Imtiaz Dharker. The readers are John Sessions and Catherine Cusack. Imtiaz Dharker also joins the programme to read her own poem about the miraculous daily arrival of thousands of tiffin boxes to their correct destinations in the city of Mumbai. There's a mesmerising rendition from 1932 of The Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc (which many will know from its opening refrain of 'Do you remember an inn, Miranda?') Also, Roger reads one of his own most well liked poems 'At Lunchtime', and DH Lawrence considers the more sedentary affairs of tortoises.

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Roger McGough presents another varied selection of poetry requests, including work by Derek Mahon and Philip Larkin.

The readers are John Sessions, Catherine Cusack and Jonjo O'Neill.

There are funny poems; one about a dog on the loose, the loss of memory and a particularly surreal one about the fantasies of a fish, as well as consoling poems on ageing, dying and living.

With poetry by Leslie Norris, Matthew Sweeney and UA Fanthorpe.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Roger McGough with consoling poems, including work by Derek Mahon and Philip Larkin.

Roger McGough presents another varied selection of poetry requests, including work by Derek Mahon and Philip Larkin. The readers are John Sessions, Catherine Cusack and Jonjo O'Neill.

There are funny poems; one about a dog on the loose, the loss of memory and a particularly surreal one about the fantasies of a fish, as well as consoling poems on ageing, dying and living. With poetry by Leslie Norris, Matthew Sweeney and UA Fanthorpe.

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Roger McGough introduces requests for inspiring poems, including the result of the Winning Words project.

This asked the British public to suggest lines that might encourage athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as future generations of Londoners.

Find out which lines, nominated by the public and selected by a panel which included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, will be engraved on the wall in the Athletes' Village in the Olympic Park.

The programme includes some of Roger McGough's own poems on a sporting theme, taken from his collection 'Sporting Relations'.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Roger McGough introduces requests for poems that could inspire athletes at the Olympics.

Roger McGough introduces requests for inspiring poems, including the result of the Winning Words project. This asked the British public to suggest lines that might encourage athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as future generations of Londoners. Find out which lines, nominated by the public and selected by a panel which included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, will be engraved on the wall in the Athletes' Village in the Olympic Park. The programme includes some of Roger McGough's own poems on a sporting theme, taken from his collection 'Sporting Relations'.