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'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem' discussion
'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem' discussion

Liz Lochhead responds to questions and comments from students about her poem 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem'.

 
'The Man in the Comic Strip' discussion
'The Man in the Comic Strip' discussion

Duration: 02:39

Liz Lochhead responds to questions and comments about her poem 'The Man in the Comic Strip'.

 
Acclaimed poet Geoffrey Hill on work and inspirations
Acclaimed poet Geoffrey Hill on work and inspirations

We hear from Oxford University's Professor of Poetry Geoffrey Hill, who has been described as the greatest living poet.

 
Adrian Henri - 'Love Is'
Adrian Henri - 'Love Is'

Duration: 01:47

The poem by Adrian Henri,'Love Is', is introduced by Lily Savage and performed by three young men.

 
Benjamin Zephaniah - 'Nature’s Politics'
Benjamin Zephaniah - 'Nature’s Politics'

Duration: 01:43

Benjamin Zephaniah explains why he fell in love with poetry and follows this with a reading of his poem 'Nature's Politics'.

 
Benjamin Zephaniah on Becoming a Poet
Benjamin Zephaniah on Becoming a Poet

Duration: 01:23

Benjamin Zephaniah describes the moment he became a poet.

 
Bill Drummond on Ted Hughes
Bill Drummond on Ted Hughes

Duration: 04:14

Artist and musician Bill Drummond talks about getting to know Ted Hughes' poetry.

 
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Education for Leisure'
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Education for Leisure'

Duration: 02:31

Carol Ann Duffy reads her poem, 'Education for Leisure' and explains how the political climate and education system of the 1980s form its background.

 
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman in the Underground'
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman in the Underground'

Duration: 01:50

An animation of Henry Moore's war drawings accompanying a reading of Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941.'

 
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941'
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941'

Duration: 02:34

Carol Ann Duffy's poem, 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941', is based on a drawing of a woman sheltering in the underground during the Blitz.

 
Carol Ann Duffy answers questions on 'Education for Leisure'
Carol Ann Duffy answers questions on 'Education for Leisure'

Duration: 04:41

Carol Ann Duffy responds to school pupils' questions about her poem, 'Education for Leisure'.

 
Carol Ann Duffy Answers Questions on 'Woman Seated on the Underground, 1941'
Carol Ann Duffy Answers Questions on 'Woman Seated on the Underground, 1941'

Duration: 02:08

Carol Ann Duffy responds to school pupils' questions about her poem, 'Woman Seated on the Underground, 1941'.

 
Carol Ann Duffy Interview
Carol Ann Duffy Interview

Duration: 01:18

Interview with Carol Ann Duffy about her role as a feminist poet.

 
Dialogue about Seamus Heaney's poetry
Dialogue about Seamus Heaney's poetry

Duration: 02:25

Tom Paulin and John Hegley discuss Seamus Heaney's work, including extracts from 'Digging'.

 
Gillian Clarke - 'Neighbours'
Gillian Clarke - 'Neighbours'

Duration: 03:11

Gillian Clarke contextualises her poem 'Neighbours', exploring its origins (the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster) and the voice in the poem.

 
Gillian Clarke - 'Neighbours' (poem only)
Gillian Clarke - 'Neighbours' (poem only)

Duration: 01:41

A reading of Gillian Clarke's poem, 'Neighbours', which is about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Russia and how this links us all.

 
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Blessing'
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Blessing'

Duration: 03:31

Poet Imtiaz Dharker introduces her own background and clash of cultures before talking about how she came to write 'Blessing'.

 
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Blessing' (poem only)
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Blessing' (poem only)

Duration: 01:15

A dramatisation of Imtiaz Dharker's poem 'Blessing'.

 
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Living Space'
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Living Space'

Duration: 02:20

A reading of Imtiaz Dharker's poem 'Living Space' followed by an explanation of one of its aspects.

 
Imtiaz Dharker - 'The Right Word'
Imtiaz Dharker - 'The Right Word'

Duration: 5:03

Imtiaz Dharker reads and explores the background to her poem, 'The Right Word'.

 
Imtiaz Dharker - 'The Right Word' (poem only)
Imtiaz Dharker - 'The Right Word' (poem only)

Duration: 01:26

A performance of the poem 'The Right Word' by the poet, Imtiaz Dharker.

 
John Cooper Clarke Performs 'Beasley Street' and 'Beaseley Boulevard'
John Cooper Clarke Performs 'Beasley Street' and 'Beaseley Boulevard'

Duration: 03:01

Watch the punk poet John Cooper Clarke perform an extract from his poem 'Beasley Street', followed by his update 'Beasley Boulevard'.

 
Larkin Meets Betjeman
Larkin Meets Betjeman

Duration: 01:48

Philip Larkin in discussion with John Betjeman.

 
Liz Lochhead - 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem'
Liz Lochhead - 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem'

Duration: 02:59

Liz Lochhead reads her poem, 'A New View of Scotland / Love Poem'.

 
Liz Lochhead - 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem' analysis.
Liz Lochhead - 'A New View of Scotland/Love Poem' analysis.

Duration: 01:56

Poet and writer, Liz Niven, considers Liz Lochhead's poem about Hogmanay.

 
Liz Lochhead - 'The Man in the Comic Strip'
Liz Lochhead - 'The Man in the Comic Strip'

Duration: 01:52

Liz Lochhead introduces and reads her poem 'The Man in the Comic Strip'.

 
Liz Lochhead - 'The Man in the Comic Strip' (poem only)
Liz Lochhead - 'The Man in the Comic Strip' (poem only)

Duration: 02:26

An animated interpretation of Liz Lochhead's poem - 'The Man in the Comic Strip'.

 
Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class Hero' (poem only)
Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class Hero' (poem only)

Duration: 01:33

A dramatisation of 'Middle Class Hero', by Michele Roberts.

 
Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class hero' and D. H. Lawrence - 'Desire'
Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class hero' and D. H. Lawrence - 'Desire'

Duration: 04:09

Lily Savage introduces poets D. H. Lawrence and Michele Roberts and their poems 'Desire' and 'Middle Class Hero'.

 
Mick Imlah - 'The Lost Leader'
Mick Imlah - 'The Lost Leader'

Duration: 06:08

'The Lost Leader' by Mick Imlah is discussed by a number of poets who also perform work from the collection.

 
Mick Imlah - 'The Lost Leader' (performance)
Mick Imlah - 'The Lost Leader' (performance)

Duration: 03:05

Performances of two poems from Mick Imalah's poetry collection, 'The Lost Leader.'

 
Paul Coltman - 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do it'
Paul Coltman - 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do it'

Duration: 01:29

Interview clip with Robert Oppenheimer giving attitude to first Atomic test followed by reading of 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do It' by Paul Coltman with images of aftermath of atomic bomb on a city.

 
Paul Coltman - 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do It' (poem only)
Paul Coltman - 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do It' (poem only)

Duration: 00:53

A reading of 'Hieronymous Bosch, We Can Do It' by Paul Coltman with images of aftermath of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

 
Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin

Duration: 08:49

A detailed examination of Larkin’s personality through an examination of his letters.

 
Poet and Musician 'Skint and Demoralised' on Seamus Heaney
Poet and Musician 'Skint and Demoralised' on Seamus Heaney

Duration: 02:24

Matt Abbott, aka 'Skint and Demoralised', explains how Heaney's poetry inspired him.

 
Poet Simon Armitage on Ted Hughes
Poet Simon Armitage on Ted Hughes

Duration: 02:22

Poet Simon Armitage discusses Ted Hughes' writing and significance.

 
Roger McGough Interview
Roger McGough Interview

Duration: 01:45

Roger McGough interviewed by children's TV presenter Mark Curry in 1983.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'Digging'
Seamus Heaney - 'Digging'

Duration: 00:01:51

The influence of Seamus Heaney's rural upbringing on his work and a reading of the poem 'Digging'.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'Digging' (poem only)
Seamus Heaney - 'Digging' (poem only)

Duration: 01:45

Seamus Heaney reads his own poem 'Digging' as it is interpreted dramatically.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'Follower'
Seamus Heaney - 'Follower'

Duration: 01:42

A football stadium is used to illustrate Seamus Heaney's poem 'Follower'. John Hegley introduces the poem and reads it.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'Follower'
Seamus Heaney - 'Follower'

Duration: 02:19

Poet John Hegley reads and contextualises Seamus Heaney's poem 'Follower'. His reading is interspersed with reflections including from Heaney himself.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'Mid Term Break'
Seamus Heaney - 'Mid Term Break'

Duration: 04:03

John Hegley and Catherine Byron contextualise a dramatisation of Seamus Heaney's poem 'Mid Term Break'.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'The Early Purges'
Seamus Heaney - 'The Early Purges'

Duration: 04:51

Catherine Byron and John Hegley explore Seamus Heaney's 'The Early Purges' with a variety of inputs including from Seamus Heaney himself.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'The Early Purges' (poem only)
Seamus Heaney - 'The Early Purges' (poem only)

Duration: 01:33

A dramatisation of Seamus Heaney's 'The Early Purges'.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'The Frontier of Writing'
Seamus Heaney - 'The Frontier of Writing'

Duration: 01:35

Poet John Hegley reads Seamus Heaney's 'The Frontier of Writing'. The reading is underpinned by dramatisation of a driver passing repeatedly through an army checkpoint.

 
Seamus Heaney - 'The Grauballe Man' in context
Seamus Heaney - 'The Grauballe Man' in context

Duration: 02:37

Seamus Heaney and Kirsty Wark discuss his poem - 'The Grauballe Man'.

 
Seamus Heaney - poetry as propoganda
Seamus Heaney - poetry as propoganda

Duration: 03:20

How divisions in Northern Ireland have affected Seamus Heaney's poetry.

 
Seamus Heaney on His Poetry
Seamus Heaney on His Poetry

Duration: 01:27

Seamus Heaney talks about 'Digging' and the study of his poetry.

 
Simon Armitage Interview
Simon Armitage Interview

Duration: 01:50

Simon Armitage interviewed by poet Sean O'Brien.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem A Vision
Simon Armitage on his poem A Vision

Duration: 04:54

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of A Vision, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and a commentary on the stimuli for the poem.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem Give
Simon Armitage on his poem Give

Duration: 04:43

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of Give, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and location shots.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem Harmonium
Simon Armitage on his poem Harmonium

Duration: 05:00

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of Harmonium, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and shots of the setting of the poem.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem Out of the Blue
Simon Armitage on his poem Out of the Blue

Duration: 05:10

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of an extract from Out of the Blue, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and documentary footage of 9/11.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem The Clown Punk
Simon Armitage on his poem The Clown Punk

Duration: 03:43

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of The Clown Punk, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and documentary footage.

 
Simon Armitage on his poem The Manhunt
Simon Armitage on his poem The Manhunt

Duration: 05:14

Simon Armitage explores the ideas and language of The Manhunt, including a reading of the poem combined with visual images and film footage.

 
Stevie Smith - 'River God' (audio)
Stevie Smith - 'River God' (audio)

Duration: 01:39

A reading of Stevie Smith's poem 'River God'.

 
Sunetra Sarker on Carol Ann Duffy
Sunetra Sarker on Carol Ann Duffy

Duration: 01:39

Actor Sunetra Sarker talks about Carol Ann Duffy's poetry.

 
Sylvia Plath’s Later Work
Sylvia Plath’s Later Work

Duration: 01:10

Biographer Anne Stevenson and critic Germaine Greer on the last months of Sylvia Plath's life and writing.

 
The background to poetry
The background to poetry

Duration: 04:36

An examination of what lies behind the need to write poetry.

 
Wendy Cope - 'The Concerned Adolescent'
Wendy Cope - 'The Concerned Adolescent'

Duration: 01:12

Reading of Wendy Cope's 'The Concerned Adolescent' with images, followed by commentary by Gillian Clarke.

 
Wendy Cope Interview
Wendy Cope Interview

Duration: 01:45

An interview with Wendy Cope from 1989.

 

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