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Interview

Sujata Bhatt is a poet of many different cultures: in this interview, she talks about her travels and how they've influenced her writing and lets us into the "private and inner world" of making poems.

Interview

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!

Interview

Jean Sprackland talks about her inspiration and process for writing poetry.

Interview

Choman Hardi answers questions on her Kurdish background and the influence this has on her poetry and painting.

Special Collection

The recordings in this collection were selected by National Trust visitors from our Archive collections to celebrate the poetry of the places they love. Poetry expresses and gives voice to the relationships, memories and sense of  well-being which we can…

Poet

7 poems available

What thou lovest well remains, / the rest is dross / What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee / What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage -- Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI

Poet

4 poems available

Catherine Byron's poems write themselves where they ought: on the inside of your skin. Hilary Mantel

Poet

Jane Weir

B. 1963

6 poems available

I was a long bodice partly sewn to a skirt, a hem picking / up everything

Poet

8 poems available

How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney

Poet

4 poems available

His keen observation invokes an expanded cognition and a braver engagement with one's personhood. -- Liesl Jobson

Poet

Brian Johnstone

B. 1950 D. 2021

3 poems available

A mature, considered voice - Kathleen Jamie

Poet

7 poems available

She is one of very few poets to be equally probing and technically sophisticated in both languages, intuitively sensitive to the peculiarities of each. Ruth McIlroy, Planet

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