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Fiona Sampson

Saturday 9 December 2006 22:00-22:30 (Radio 3)

This week on The Verb, Sophie Woolley performs two keenly observed, devastatingly witty monologues from her show When to Run; Fiona Sampson presents her poem The Furious Guide, a contemplation of quartets poetic and musical, written specially for the programme; and Steve Griffiths celebrates his return to writing after a long absence with a poem from his series about Al-Chwm, the mythical and imaginary town that's part memory, part vision.

Duration:

30 minutes

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Poet Fiona Sampson presents The Furious Guide, a new poem written specially for The Verb in which she contemplates the quartet as a poetic and musical form, from TS Eliot's contemplation of faith in Four Quartets to the personal and spiritual anguish Beethoven expressed in his Opus 131.

Joining her will be Anglo-Welsh poet Steve Griffiths, back in the world of poetry after a long period in which he stopped writing.

He'll be presenting a poem from his series about Al-Chwm, the mythical and imaginary town that's at once profoundly like, and unlike, our own.

And Sophie Woolley will be performing two devastatingly funny monologues from her series When to Run, about four women runners whose lives - although they don't know it - are hopelessly tangled. That's all in The Verb with Ian McMillan -essential listening, at ten o'clock.

Fiona Sampson's The Distance Between Us is published by Seren.
Common Prayer will be published by Carcanet in June.

Sophie Woolley will be performing When to Run at various locations around the country next year. More details from her website
www.sophiewoolley.com and http://www.renaissanceone.com/

Steve Griffiths - has a pamphlet forthcoming next year with Rack Press; more details about him at
www.academi.org, click 'Writers of Wales'.




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