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

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.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 1 Feb 2014 23:30

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

Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
PerformerBernard O'Donoghue
PerformerHelen Mort
PerformerPaul Farley
ProducerSarah Langan