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A Chinese Restaurant Called Happiness  - Will Burns
Cycnus in Soho  - Will Burns

Will Burns

B. 1980

10 poems available

Will Burns is a poet and novelist. He first came to prominence in 2014 as a Faber New Poet and has since authored poetry collections ‘Country Music’ (Offord Road Books, 2020) which won the 2021 Laurel Prize for best first collection, & ‘Germ Songs’ (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He released the album Chalk Hill Blue in 2019, a collaboration with composer Hannah Peel whose music was set to his poems. (Hannah Peel, 2019.) His debut novel, The Paper Lantern (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2021) saw Burns named among The Observer’s Top 10 Debut Novelists of 2021. He is Poet-In-Residence at Caught By The River.


In these challenging times we’ve curated a collection of poems which reflect different aspects of war, conflict and loss. Whilst highlighting the human cost of war by representing individual and shared grief, these poems affirm our collective humanity and speak…

Sea Canes - Derek Walcott
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God’s Grandeur

Read by Simon Russell Beale
God’s Grandeur - Gerard Manley Hopkins - Read by Simon Russell Beale
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Is it thy will thy image should keep open (Sonnet 61) - William Shakespeare - Read by Simon Callow
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Oh Mistress Mine - William Shakespeare - Read by Jude Law
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Dover Beach

Read by Romola Garai
Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold - Read by Romola Garai
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Love’s Philosophy

Read by Keira Knightley
Love’s Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Read by Keira Knightley
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Weary with Toil (Sonnet 27) - William Shakespeare - Read by Rosamund Pike
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day (Sonnet 18) - William Shakespeare - Read by Ian McKellen
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Wild Nights

Read by Helen Mirren
Wild Nights - Emily Dickinson - Read by Helen Mirren
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A Birthday

Read by James Earl Jones
A Birthday - Christina Rossetti - Read by James Earl Jones
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She Walks in Beauty

Read by Jude Law
She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron - Read by Jude Law
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Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun - William Shakespeare - Read by Daniel Radcliffe
Day Moon - Roger Robinson
The Multiverse - Andrew Wynn Owen