Lee Hall

Lee Hall chooses Briggflatts by Basil Bunting

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Playwright and Screenwriter
Works include Cooking with Elvis, The Pitmen Painters and screenplays for Billy Elliot, Toast and War Horse.

Briggflatts by Basil Bunting

Lee Hall chooses Basil Bunting's autobiographical poem, Briggflatts. 

Image courtesy of Basil Bunting Poetry Centre, Durham University © Jonathan Williams, 1994.

From the Archive


Basil Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent.

Speaking on the BBC 07 Apr 1970 on Radio 4.

Photo credit: Derek Smith, 1983.

Meeting Basil Bunting

Tom Pickard and other Newcastle poets recall meeting Bunting in the 1960s.

From A Strong Song Tow Us 28 Feb 2009 on Radio 4.

Image © Basil Bunting Estate.


Ian Macmillan and Paul Batchelor discuss Briggflatts and Bunting's reputation.

From The Verb 3 Jul 2009 on Radio 3.

Image © Basil Bunting Estate.

Elton John

Elton John talks about collaborating with Lee Hall on the music for Billy Elliot.

From Stage and Screen: Billy Elliot 20 Jun 2005 on Radio 4.

Lee Hall

Lee Hall discusses adapting Billy Elliot for the stage.

From Stage and Screen: Billy Elliot 20 Jun 2005 on Radio 4.

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