Word On The Street

Poetry and place, with Jackie Kay.





A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 91WT2413

First broadcast on 1992-05-26

Recorded on 1992-05-25

Producer: M. PRICE

Next in series: BOSNIAN REFUGEES

Previous in series: BRISTOL

See more THE WORD ON THE STREET programmes (14)


Susan MARLING presents a series which reflects the experience of life at street level in contemporary Britain. Producer Mary PRICE.

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26 May 1992 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 4)


Susan Marling

Mary Price (Producer)

Brian Gear (rdr)

Alan Ellis (Speaker)

Cyril Rogers (Speaker)

John Bynon (Speaker)

Hugh Elliot (Speaker)

Lyn Roberts (Speaker)

Jim Bell (Word On the Street contributor) (Speaker)

Lyn Harris (Speaker)

Oddwyn Howells (Speaker)

Peter Jenkins (rugby coach (spkr)) (Speaker)

Hugh Lewis (Word On the Street contributor) (Speaker)

Terry Davies (Word On the Street contributor) (Speaker)


Grasmere, home of the Wordsworth Trust. With Trust director Robert Woof, poet-in-residence Paul Farley, and readings by Barrie Rutter


This edition comes from Newcastle and features the acclaimed Tony Harrison and three new poets - Monica Cheale, Heather Young and JeAnnie Macdonald.

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Poet Jackie Kay travels to the Algonquin Hotel in New York, in search of the sharp wit of a past resident - the writer Dorothy Parker.

With New York poets Mary Karr and Sapphire, and readings from Parker's poetry by Kate Harper.


Jackie Kay travels to her home town of Glasgow to meet poets Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan


Poet Jackie Kay travels to Dorset, to visit Max Gate, Thomas Hardy's last home, where Hardy wrote much of his poetry in later life. Jackie meets Selima Hill, an award winning poet who lives on the Dorset coastline.


Jackie Kay meets fellow poet and Yorkshire man Simon Armitage in Mytholmroyd, where Ted Hughes grew up, and then travels to Hebden Bridge to meet Poet Amanda Dalton

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Jackie Kay presents the poetry series. This edition comes from Bangor Public Library and features three local poets - Pamela Greene, Moyra Donaldson and Stephen Hanson.


This second programme on poetry and place comes from Hull, home to Philip Larkin from 1955-1985, where Jackie Kay talks to Jean Hartley, who published Larkin's first successful collection of poetry and also the poets Sean O'brien and Peter Didsbury. Larkin's poems are taken from the archive.


Wales Jackie Kay travels to Wales to meet the poet Gillian Clarke at home - a smallholding in Ceredigion, where she raises sheep. She also meets the Welsh language poet Menna Elfyn, who lives nearby. Gillian has translated many of Menna's poems, which we hear read in both Welsh and in English.


Jackie Kay travels to London to meet Mimi Khalvati, born in Tehran, and Choman Hardi, who has recently returned home to Southern Kurdistan for the first time since coming to England as a refugee in 1993.

Both poets talk about living in London and the affect displacement has had on their work.

/ London Jackie Kay travels to London to meet Mimi Khalvati, born in Tehran, and Choman Hardi, who has recently returned home to Southern Kurdistan for the first time since coming to England as a refugee in 1993.


: Jackie Kay goes to Edinburgh to Brownsbank Cottage, the home of Hugh McDiarmid to talk to Douglas Gifford and the poet Vicki Feaver who lives nearby.

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, where Jackie Kay visits Stevie Smith's old haunts in Palmers Green and talks to local poet Hugo Williams.


Jackie Kay travels to Ware to meet Frances Wilson and Chris Davies, friends for over 40 years who share a love of writing poetry.


poet and novelist Julia Darling, and poet Joan Johnstone in Newcastle who read poems inspired by the place they live.


, where she meets the famous Irish poet and raconteur Brendan Kennelly and the Dublin-born poet Paula Meehan.


She meets local poet Ian Duhig for a visit to the city centre, and Sophie Hannah, city poet in residence 2003.

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She meets poet Kathleen Jamie and Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature.

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This edition finds her in Birmingham, where she meets Handsworth-born poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Roy Fisher.