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November 2, 2015

New Lyrical Ballads on BBC Radio 4

Companion to the juicy colors of autumn, the lush sounds of romantic poetry are available for your listening pleasure…but only through the month of November. BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting two programs — November 1 and November 7, 2015 — in which 26 of the “finest poets in the land” read new lyrical ballads inspired by the original Lyrical Ballads of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The book, published in Bristol in 1798, is “renowned for its radical preface and considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature.”

Commissioned by the Bristol Festival of Ideas and introduced by the Festival’s director, Andrew Kelly, the poet/readers include Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, John Burnside, Gillian Clarke, Paul Farley, David Harsent, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, Don Paterson, Jean Sprackland and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Find and enjoy Episode 1 on BBC Radio 4.

poetry by hand…

March 5, 2013

CbeebiesCBeebies is children’s programming produced by the BBC. Beginning this spring, for the first time, CBeebies will present Magic Hands, a poetry series produced entirely in sign language. The presenters, who are themselves Deaf, will offer both traditional and modern poetry, “ranging from Shakespeare to Maya Angelou,” and including “interpretations of Christina Rossetti, Kenn Nesbit, Gareth Lancaster and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.”

Read more about Magic Hands here and watch for information about U.S. broadcasts. See the sign for poetry here. Read about Deaf Jam, the movie, here.