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Bernard O'Donoghue, Helen Mort and Paul Farley reading their own work

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 January 2014

Roger McGough presents listeners' poetry requests. With Bernard O'Donoghue, Helen Mort and Paul Farley reading their own work.

Bernard O'Donoghue's poems include his translation of some of Piers Plowman as well as moving and beautifully observed poems about personal relationships. There's the pain of missed opportunity in poems like Ter Conatus, about a brother and sister who have lived together all their lives. Bernard also has a poem that was written in dedication to a Poetry Please listener, Morag Morris.

Rising poetry star Helen Mort makes her debut with a lovely poem in honour of a music hall comic from Sheffield called Stainless Stephen, and she reads others from her collection Division Street.

Paul Farley also reads his work, including an atmospheric poem about listening in the dark.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

  • This Week's Poems

    Ter Conatus 
    By Bernard O’Donoghue 
    From Here nor There
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    Stainless Stephen 
    By Helen Mort 
    From Division Street
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    Rag & Bone 
    By Helen Mort 
    From Division Street
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    Treacle
    By Paul Farley 
    From The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You 
    Published by Picador

     

    Twenty-Two Words for Snow
    By Helen Mort 
    From Division Street
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    The Airbrake People
    By Paul Farley 
    From The Dark Film
    Published by Picador

     

    The People Through the Meadow Straying - Piers Plowman: Prologue 
    By William Langland, Trans. Bernard O’Donoghue 
    From Farmers Cross by Bernard O'Donoghue
    Published by Faber & Faber

     

    Exhibitions 
    By Bernard O’Donoghue
    From Farmers Cross
    Published by Faber & Faber

     

    The Dogs
    By Helen Mort 
    From Division Street
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    Common Names
    By Helen Mort 
    From Division Street
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    Gerund
    By Bernard O’Donoghue

     

    The Nuthatch
    By Bernard O’Donoghue
    From The Weakness
    Published by Chatto & Windus

     

    The Circuit
    By Paul Farley 
    From The Dark Film 
    Published by Picador

     

    Dockets
    By Bernard O’Donoghue
    From Farmers Cross
    Published by Faber & Faber

Credits

Presenter
Roger McGough
Performer
Bernard O'Donoghue
Performer
Helen Mort
Performer
Paul Farley
Producer
Sarah Langan

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