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When the nights are lengthening and Halloween is on the horizon, delve deep into the Archive to and explore all things strange, slanted, odd and unexpected. Perhaps listen alone, with headphones on, in the dark, and feel these voices in your bones…


by Joseph Fasano

Sea Canes - Derek Walcott
The Mighty Dead


Read by Simon Russell Beale

Ulysses - Alfred Tennyson - Read by Simon Russell Beale

Derek Walcott

B. 1930 D. 2017

2 poems available

“What's poetry, if it's worth its salt, / but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?”

Love Song, 31st July - Richard Osmond

2 poems available

"One of our most promising young talents, Jay Bernard writes powerful and sensuous scenes from the metropolis: a teenager flies like a moth, a woman with scissors sings bees. Disturbing, joyous and always surprising.” – Pascale Petit.


3 poems available

"Tempest has forged their own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world." - The Independent


Join acclaimed poet Jo Shapcott in her Welsh retreat as she talks about the pleasures of science and music that inform her work - and the importance of getting up early to write!


Alasdair Gray

B. 1934 D. 2019

9 poems available

Work as if you live in the early days of a better world -- Alasdair Gray via Dennis Lee


8 poems available

Valerie Gillies writes like the wind and jinks like a hare in the fields of language - The Scotsman