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The Texas Swing Boys’ Dadaist Manifesto - Ian McMillan
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Just Walking Around - John Ashbery
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Local Legend - John Ashbery
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Last Words - Dannie Abse
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The Meaning of Life - Ian McMillan
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Enemies - Elizabeth Bartlett
Interview

One of the UK's most popular poets, U A Fanthorpe talks about the history of English, "the experienced language", and gives her tips for overcoming writer's block. Find out why she would like to be Jane Austen . . . or a mountaineer.

Interview

In this interview Adrian Mitchell, the UK's alternative Poet Laureate makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry. He also discusses how he gets ideas for his poems, where he writes them and for whom, (and why you should be careful what you say on the bus!)

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In this revealing interview Owen Sheers, one of the UK's most successful younger writers, talks about the influence of his Welsh heritage on his writing, from the landscape to the lives of the small-town boys he grew up with.

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