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Diana Athill, Verb New Voices, Forward Poetry Prize, Horatio Clare

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 September 2011

Diana Athill, the revered editor, novelist and memoirist writes and performs a new letter for the Verb and talks about her new book "Instead of a Book". It's a collection of the letters she's written over the past thirty years to her friend the American poet Edward Field.

There's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene. This week we feature poets from Stockton and their mentors.

And as the Forward Poetry Prize celebrates twenty years since its inception, founder William Sieghart and previous winner Jane Duran discusses the effect of the prize, which rewards both established and up-and-coming poets.

Horatio Clare, who's making a name for himself as a nature writer, has taken to the sea. He's currently writer-in-residence for the Maersk shipping line and sailing over the South China Sea. On a ship-to-shore telephone line, Horatio tells Ian how he's being inspired by the solitude of sailing - just 19 seamen on a ship half a kilometre long - and talks about the language and place names of the sea.


    Instead of a Book – Letters to a Friend (her letters to the American poet Edward Field) is published by Granta.


    To mark the 20th anniversary of the prizes, a special anthology, Poems of the Decade, will be published on National Poetry Day, 6 October, featuring a selection of the best poems from the last ten years, selected by our guest William Sieghart. The Forward Book of Poetry 2012, an anthology of poems from this year’s Prizes highly commended by the judges, will also be published on the same day.

    The winner of the 2011 Forward Prizes will be announced on Wednesday 5 October, the eve of National Poetry Day.

    Website: www.forwardartsfoundation.org/poetry.htm

    Jane Duran – won the Forward Prize for best first Collection in 1995 for her book Breathe Now, Breathe; and her books are published by Enitharmon Press.

    Enitharmon Press

    Tickets for the Verb at the ARC Stockton-on-Tees

    Track Horatio’s journey on www.marinetraffic.com - just put the ship's name - Gerd Maersk - into the Vessel Search box.

    The Prince’s Pen by Horatio Clare is published on 10 October by Seren books.

    Horatio Clare's website


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