|19980822||Simon Fanshawe talks to poet Grace Nichols about the calypso music she grew up with in Guyana and the poems it has inspired her to write.|
|198C||01||Bessie Smith||19980801||19980810||In the first of three programmes, Simon Fanshawe talks to writer Jackie Kay about her love of the music of Bessie Smith, which inspired her to write a sequence of poems, a play and, more recently, a biography, about the life of this blues queen.|
|198C||02||19980808||19980817||Simon Fanshawe talks to poet Michael Donaghy about Francis O'Neill (1848-1936), the colourful chief of police in Chicago who collected traditional Irish folk tunes.|
Music played by Michael Donaghy, Edel Sullivan and Paddy Gallagher.
|198C||03||19980815||19980824||In the last of three programmes, Simon Fanshawe talks to poet Grace Nichols about the calypso music she grew up with in Guyana and the poems it has inspired her to write.|