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08/06/2008

During the 1940s and 1950s, the BBC – possibly quite unwittingly – employed a number of poets. These men, most notably Louis MacNeice, Anthony Thwaite, D.G. Bridson and Terence Tiller, were radio producers. One of the programme engineers who worked with them has written to Poetry Please to ask to hear some of their work, and he shares some of his memories of working with them.

Full Moon by Vita Sackville-West
From: Collected Poems – Volume 1
Publ: The Hogarth Press

Toad by Norman MacCaig
From: Selected Poems
Publ: Chatto & Windus

Stormy Day by W.R. Rodgers
From: The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse

For Louis MacNeice by Anthony Thwaite
From: Poems 1953-1988
Publ: Hutchinson

The National Gallery by Louis MacNeice
From: Collected Poems
Publ: faber

This poem only features in the Saturday night edition
The Heated Minutes by Louis MacNeice
From: Collected Poems
Publ: faber

This poem only features in the Saturday night edition
The Chilterns by DG Bridson
From: The Christmas Child
Publ: The Falcon Press

Reading a Medal by Terence Tiller
From: Palgraves Golden Treasury

Demeter by Carol Ann Duffy
From: The World’s Wife
Publ: Picador

Now That I Hear Trains by Hugo Williams
From: Collected Poems
Publ: faber

The Meeting by Katherine Tynan
From: Collected Poems
Publ: MacMillan and Co

The Mariner’s Compass by Simon Armitage
From: Selected Poems
Publ: faber

I have been greeted by long absent friends by Richard Elwes
From: First Poems
Publ: Hodder & Stoughton

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