To celebrate Pride and the publication of 100 Queer Poems, edited by Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan, ‘Speak its name’ is a collection of contemporary and twentieth-century voices by queer poets and poems with queer themes through a transhistorical and archival lens. This collection celebrates the work of contemporary LGBTQIA+ poets and the voices that paved the way for them, irrespective of whether the identities of the twentieth century poets it includes was public knowledge, presumed, or speculated upon.

To read more about this collection and what inspired it, click here.


Photography credit: Photo by Robert V. Ruggiero on Unsplash. 

To A Stranger

Read by Kenneth Branagh
To A Stranger - Walt Whitman - Read by Kenneth Branagh

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Read by Simon Armitage
The Ballad of Reading Gaol - Oscar Wilde - Read by Simon Armitage

Anthem for Doomed Youth

Read by Andrew Motion
Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen - Read by Andrew Motion
The Shield of Achilles - W. H. Auden

The God Abandons Antony

Read by Jean Sprackland
The God Abandons Antony - C. P. Cavafy - Read by Jean Sprackland
Josephine Baker finds herself - Patience Agbabi
praise poem - Andrew McMillan
To My Father / To My Future Son - Ocean Vuong
Sonnet 20: A woman’s face - William Shakespeare - Read by James Fenton
Flamingo Watching - Kay Ryan
Considering the Snail - Thom Gunn
Afterword, London 2020 - Keith Jarrett


Read by Jo Shapcott
Fame - Charlotte Mew - Read by Jo Shapcott

Wild Nights

Read by Helen Mirren
Wild Nights - Emily Dickinson - Read by Helen Mirren
Just Walking Around - John Ashbery
Speaking in Tongues - Kei Miller

Pied Beauty

Read by Mimi Khalvati
Pied Beauty - Gerard Manley Hopkins - Read by Mimi Khalvati
Shake my Future - Dorothea Smartt
This Year's Judges