Welcome to the Exeter Bloom Collection 2021. This collection of poems was specially selected for Bloom: Exeter Phoenix’s Festival of Mental Health Awareness. Poetry has a unique ability to give words to our feelings and emotions, and to act as an emollient in difficult times. This collection features poems chosen for their power to speak to the personal experiences of Bloom festival attendees along the theme of nature and the environment.

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A Shropshire Lad II: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now - A E Housman - Read by Alan Brownjohn
A Subaltern’s Love Song - John Betjeman

The Rolling English Road

Read by Daljit Nagra
The Rolling English Road - G. K. Chesterton - Read by Daljit Nagra


Read by James Fenton
Adlestrop - Edward Thomas - Read by James Fenton
Cherry Tree, at Dusk - Stewart Conn

She Walks in Beauty

Read by Jude Law
She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron - Read by Jude Law

Home Thoughts, from Abroad

Read by Anthony Thwaite
Home Thoughts, from Abroad - Robert Browning - Read by Anthony Thwaite
Honeybee, Inner Hebrides - Valerie Gillies
Frog Spring - Valerie Gillies
The Dipper - Kathleen Jamie
I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miró - Moniza Alvi