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01/06/2008

Duration:
26 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 01 June 2008

We celebrate the arrival of the outdoor season with a programme recorded last week at the 2008 Guardian Hay Festival. The featured poems reflect something of the borders between Wales and England: the English side is represented by Alfred Noyes and the Welsh poetry chosen from listeners’ requests includes work by Dannie Abse, Sheenagh Pugh and RS Thomas. Roger was joined on stage by readers Manon Edwards and Richard Mitchley, and by Gwyneth Lewis who reads some of her own poetry and one by her fellow poet, Christopher Meredith, whose work she particularly admires.

The Birthright by Eiluned Lewis
From: Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1480-1990
Publ: seren

The View from the Window RS Thomas
From: Selected Poems 1946-1968
Publ: Granada

Wizards by Alfred Noyes
From: Poetry of the Transition 1850-1914
Publ: Oxford University Press

All Day it Has Rained by Alun Lewis
From: The Oxford Book of War Poetry
Publ: Oxford

Words by Edward Thomas
From: The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas
Publ: Oxford

How to Knit a Poem by Gwyneth Lewis
Not yet published

Memorial Sweater by Gwyneth Lewis
Not yet published

These two poems only feature in the Saturday night edition
Knitting Needles by Roger McGough
Not Yet Published
Nana’s Knitting Needles by Roger McGough
Not Yet Published

Mother Tongue by Gwyneth Lewis
From: Keeping Mum
Publ: Bloodaxe

My Father was Distant by Gwyneth Lewis
From: Keeping Mum
Publ: Bloodaxe

This poem only features in the Saturday night edition.
A Past by Gwyneth Lewis
From: Keeping Mum
Publ: Bloodaxe

What Flight Meant by Christoper Meredith
From: The Meaning of Flight
Publ: seren

Welsh Love Letter by Michael Burn
From: Poems as an Accompaniment to a Life
Pub: Michael Russell

This poem only features in the Saturday night edtion.
Preseli Blue by Caroline Gill
From: The Lie of the Land
Publ: Cinnamon Press

Sometimes by Sheenagh Pugh
From: Selected Poems
Publ: seren

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