How we did it
Curation of any collection which aims to represent an entire century of activity will necessarily be subjective. The curation team aimed to represent a wide range of poets and poetry styles and to look beyond the most canonical examples of an individual poet’s work. To strengthen the selection and give a more rounded flavour of the historical context of each poem, we have aimed, wherever possible, to place poems in the decade they were composed in, rather than when they were later published or broadcast.
Where we have been unable to share the poem recordings in full, we have offered a representation of the poet’s voice through the existing collection of poems in the Poetry Archive. There are too many brilliant poets to mention in any one gathering so for the decade of the 2010s we asked our visiting public and BBC Radio producers for their favourite contemporary poets, and we have offered examples of their work which we care for in the Archive. We hope you love exploring these poems as much as we did bringing them together.
The Poetry Archive team behind BBC 100
Director: Tracey Guiry
Curation and credits: Maggie Sullivan
Web design: Nicola Wheldrake and Oakley Flanagan