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Poetry Please

Children's Poetry and Miscellany

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents poetry for children and adults alike, including classics from AA Milne and Spike Milligan and a celebration of a man filling in Os in the library. Show more

Poetry in the Remaking

Episode 2: Michael Rosen and Simon Armitage

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Six poets reread Ted Hughes's groundbreaking book about how to write poetry, which began life in the 1960s as a series of BBC schools radio broadcasts. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A behind the scenes look at the world's longest running poetry request programme, following the programme-makers, presenter Roger McGough and listeners of the Radio 4 show. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Producer:
Karen McGann
Producer:
Tanya Hudson
Participant:
Roger McGough
Participant:
Andrew Sachs
Participant:
Kenneth Cranham
Participant:
David Blunkett

Poetry Please

Bernard O'Donoghue, Helen Mort and Paul Farley reading their own work

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests. With Bernard O'Donoghue, Helen Mort and Paul Farley reading their own work. Show more

Poetry Please

05/05/2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough with poetry requests read by John Mackay. Poems praising the heavenly and the everyday, with work by RS Thomas, Paula Meehan, George Barker and Leontia Flynn. Show more

Poetry Please

Fox Running

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents the late Ken Smith's reading of his long poem, Fox Running. The recording, made on cassette tape, was given to the programme by Ken's wife Judi Benson. Show more

Poetry Please

07/09/2014

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents a mixed bag as requested by listeners, including poems by Allan Ahlberg and DH Lawrence for teachers returning to work, and Keats' classic autumnal ode. Show more

Poetry Please

28/04/2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents the first in a new series of poems requested by listeners, with an edition that dares to walk on the wilder side, focusing on feelings other than love. Show more

Poetry Please

19/05/2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

A typically untypical range of poems, read by Kerry Elkins and John Mackay. Surreal poems by Stevie Smith and Alastair Reid sit effortlessly beside heartfelt tales of loss. Show more

Poetry Please

Listener Stories

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Listeners tell Roger McGough the stories behind their poetry requests. Poems include William Blake's The Tyger, The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes and To the Cuckoo by Wordsworth. Show more

Poetry in the Remaking

Episode 3: Jacob Sam-La Rose and Zaffar Kunial

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Six poets reread Ted Hughes's groundbreaking book about how to write poetry, which began life in the 1960s as a series of BBC schools radio broadcasts. Show more

Poetry Please

Wounds and Scars

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests on the theme of wounds and scars. Including poems specially recorded for the programme by Hollie McNish. Show more

Poetry Please

Birmingham Literature Festival

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Roger McGough presents a request edition on stage at the Birmingham Literature Festival as audience members pick their favourite poems. Show more