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Born in south-east London where they still live, Kae Tempest made their live debut as a spoken-word artist at sixteen. Having initially conceived of themselves as a rapper, Tempest found their work was also extremely popular at poetry slams; they…

Special Collection

This Special Collection brings together some of the recordings we’ve made over the years with poets from Scotland. Edwin Morgan recorded his reading for the Archive in his flat in Glasgow back in 2000, Douglas Dunn made his Archive recording…

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Michael Longley (b.1939, Belfast) is a central figure in contemporary Irish poetry. A forceful figure within the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, where he founded the literary programme, he is one of the 200 distinguished artists who are members of…

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Christmas Scenario - Alan Brownjohn
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Rag and Bone Man’s Mild - David Wheatley
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Ravished - Mark Ford
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Drunken Gunners - M. K. Joseph
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Vanishing Points: II A Wedding Letter, Edinburgh, 1906 - Adam O’Riordan
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The Weasel - Jacob Polley
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Pass Me de Banana Wine - Felix Dennis
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