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Canals, rivers, boats and lakes

This year National Poetry Day has taken the theme of water and Poetry Please has thrown off its clothes and jumped in with a selection of poems about lakes, rivers, boats and canals. All recorded live at the Birmingham literature festival in the new Library of Birmingham, amidst the many waterways of the venice of the Midlands.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 19 Oct 2013 23:30

This Week's Poems


By Jo Bell



Gosty Hill

By Liz Berry



Canal 1977

By UA Fanthorpe

From ‘Collected Poems 1978-2003’

Published by Peterloo Poets


Abstracted Water

By Roy Fisher

From ‘The Long and the Short of It – Poems 1955-2010’

Published by Bloodaxe


Grand Union Bridge

By Ian Duhig



Draining the Grand Union

By Tobias Hill

From ‘Zoo’

Published by Oxford University Press


The Crick Poem

By Jo Bell



The Black Delph Bride

By Liz Berry



Extract from A Flight of Locks

By Jamie McKendrick

From ‘The Marble Fly’

Published by Oxford Paperbacks


Frozen In

By Jo Bell




Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ProducerTim Dee