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Old Tongue - Jackie Kay
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The Seashells of Bridlington North Beach - Jack Mapanje
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Ode to Didcot Power Station - Kit Wright
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How the Wild South East Was Lost - Kit Wright
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Preston North End - George Szirtes
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Immigrant - Fleur Adcock
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Eden Rock - Charles Causley
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!)

Interview

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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“I’ve avoided poems that other writers here have recommended, but which otherwise would certainly have been on my list (such as Richard Wilbur’s superb ‘A Barred Owl’, chosen by Andrew Motion). There are also some astonishing recordings in the historical…

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