By Simon Armitage Sound by zoviet*france One of the most exciting poets of his generation, Simon Armitage has created a sequence of poems about the pace of modern living.

A Tree Full of Monkeys is a song cycle for characters who have a desire for order when bombarded by chaos, whose wires have come loose, whose brains are under pressure.

Performed live by Simon with a soundscape by the innovative sound artists zoviet*france, with singers Paula Sims and Em Whitfield.

This programme was originally broadcast last July as part of Baltic Live, an evening of performance and discussion celebrating the opening of Baltic, Gateshead's major international centre for contemporary art.



Broadcast Dates

  • 20020707 (Radio 3)
  • 20030403 (Radio 3)