Three Score And Ten

Episodes

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01Dame Edith Sitwell20160929

Ian McMillan introduces poet Dame Edith Sitwell reading in an archive recording from 1947

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

02Cecil Day-Lewis: An Italian Visit20160930

In a broadcast from 1949, Cecil Day-Lewis reads from his poem An Italian Visit.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

03Louis MacNeice20161003

A recording from 1949 in which Louis MacNeice reads his poems Snow and Prayer Before Birth

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

04TS Eliot20161004

Archive recordings: TS Eliot reads The Journey of the Magi and part of The Four Quartets.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

05Dylan Thomas20161005

A 1950 archive recording of Dylan Thomas reading his poem In the White Giant's Thigh.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

06Edmund Blunden2016100720161006 (R3)

Edmund Blunden reads his own poem Concert Party in an archive broadcast from 1957.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

07Siegfried Sassoon2016100620161007 (R3)

A 1955 archive recording in which Siegfried Sassoon reads three of his own poems.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

08John Betjeman, William Empson20161010

Archive recordings from 1958 made by poets John Betjeman and William Empson.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

09Jenny Joseph, Edwin Muir20161011

Archive recordings from the late 1950s made by poets Jenny Joseph and Edwin Muir.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

10Walter de la Mare20161012

An archive broadcast: Walter de la Mare reads his poems England and the Little Salamander.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

11Sylvia Plath20161013

In an archive recording first broadcast in 1963, Sylvia Plath reads her poem Daddy.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

12RS Thomas20161014

Archive broadcast from 1965 in which RS Thomas reads his poetry at the Edinburgh Festival.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

13Stevie Smith20161017

Archive broadcast from 1965 of Stevie Smith reading her poem Not Waving But Drowning.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

14Philip Larkin20161018

Archive broadcast of Philip Larkin reading his poem The Whitsun Weddings.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

15Adrian Mitchell20161019

Archive broadcast, with Adrian Mitchell reading his poem Nostalgia - Now Threepence Off.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

16Vernon Scannell20161020

Archive broadcast in which Vernon Scannell reads his poems Dejection and A Case of Murder.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

17Ted Hughes20161021

Archive broadcasts by Ted Hughes: part of The Captain's Speech and also The Mackerel Song.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

18WH Auden20161024

Archive broadcast from 1972 of WH Auden reading his poems a Lullaby and Song of the Devil.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

19Dannie Abse20161025

Archive broadcast from 1971 of Dannie Abse reading the first two parts of his poem Funland

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

20Seamus Heaney20161026

Seamus Heaney talks about and reads his poems Digging and The Ministry of Fear.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

21George Mackay Brown, WS Graham20161027

Recordings of George Mackay Brown and WS Graham reading poems about loss and memory.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

22Geoffrey Hill20161028

An archive broadcast from 1979 by Geoffrey Hill, who reads a selection of his poems.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

23Douglas Dunn and Michael Longley20161031

Archive poetry readings from the 1970s, from Douglas Dunn and Michael Longley.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

24Iain Crichton Smith20161101

Archive broadcasts of Iain Crichton Smith reading his poems in Poetry Now in 1976 and 1981

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

25Charles Causley20161102

Archive broadcast in which poet Charles Causley reads his work On Launceston Castle.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

26Christopher Reid, Craig Raine20161103

Archive recordings, with readings by poets Christopher Reid and Craig Raine.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

27Elizabeth Jennings20161104

A 1983 recording of Elizabeth Jennings reading her poems Thunder and a Boy and In a Garden

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

28James Fenton20161107

An archive broadcast from 1983 in which James Fenton reads his poem Prison Island.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

29Sean O'Brien and Mick Imlah20161108

Archive recordings from the 1980s in which Sean O'Brien and Mick Imlah read their poems.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

30Kamau Brathwaite20161109

Archive recording by Kamau Brathwaite, who reads his poems Calypso and The Emigrants.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

31Wendy Cope20161110

Archive broadcasts from 1988 in which Wendy Cope reads three of her poems.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

32Fleur Adcock20161111

Archive recording from 1985 by Fleur Adcock, who reads two of her poems.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

33Tony Harrison20161114

Archive recording of Tony Harrison reading his poems Them and Us and On Not Being Milton.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

34Grace Nichols, John Agard and Fred D'Aguiar20161115

Grace Nichols, John Agard and Fred D'Aguiar read their work in 1982 archive recordings.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

35Jo Shapcott20161116

Archive recording of poet Jo Shapcott reading from her collection Electroplating the Baby.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

36James Berry20161117

Archive broadcast: James Berry reflects on his life as he reads a selection of his poetry.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

37Carol Ann Duffy20161118

Archive recordings by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who reads two of her works.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

38Thom Gunn20161121

Archive recording by poet Thom Gunn, who reads from his work The Man with Night Sweats.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

39Lavinia Greenlaw and Kathleen Jamie20161122

Archive Radio 3 recordings by poets Lavinia Greenlaw and Kathleen Jamie.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

40Peter Reading20161123

Archive recording by Peter Reading, who reads an excerpt from his poem Three.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

41Norman MacCaig, Sorley MacLean20161124

Archive readings by Scottish poets Norman MacCaig and Sorley MacLean.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

42Simon Armitage20161125

Readings by Simon Armitage, including excerpt from his poem Goalkeeper with a Cigarette.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

43UA Fanthorpe20161128

Ian McMillan introduces an archive radio broadcast from 2000 by poet UA Fanthorpe.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

44Gillian Clarke20161129

Archive broadcast by poet Gillian Clarke, who reads her works The Beginning and Flood.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

45Paul Durcan20161130

Archive recording in which Paul Durcan reads his poems Diarrhoea Attack and Sign of Peace.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

46Liz Lochhead20161201

A specially commissioned poem by former Scottish national poet Liz Lochhead.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

47Robert Crawford20161202

Scottish poet Robert Crawford reads his poems The Tip of My Tongue and Credo.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

48Jean 'Binta' Breeze20161205

Jean 'Binta' Breeze reads her poems The Month of March and The Fifth Figure.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

49Gwyneth Lewis20161206

Ian McMillan presents an archive broadcast by former national poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work

50Paul Muldoon20161207

With Paul Muldoon reading his poem The Loaf from the series Work in Progress in 2001.

Ian McMillan presents archive recordings of remarkable poets reading their own work