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Austin Clarke

B. 1896 D. 1974

Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke


Hilaire Belloc

B. 1870 D. 1953

2 poems available

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' - Hilaire Belloc


Ted Hughes

B. 1930 D. 1998

3 poems available

Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods. - Ted Hughes


Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney


George Mackay Brown

B. 1921 D. 1996

5 poems available

The essence of Orkney's magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light. - George Mackay Brown


Kathleen Raine

B. 1908 D. 2003

4 poems available

Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')

The Wise Farmer - Tom Pow
Poundland - Simon Armitage
The National Trust - Laurence Lerner
Do Not Expect Again A Phoenix Hour - C. Day Lewis
The Mighty Dead

Don Juan (extract)

Read by Fleur Adcock

Don Juan (extract) - Lord Byron - Read by Fleur Adcock
The Ballad of Donna Quixote - Jan Kemp