Poetry celebrating the Verb's 5th Birthday
Friday 6 April 2007 21:45-22:25 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance. This week a specially commissioned piece celebrating The Verb's fifth birthday. Plus, to mark Good Friday, an exclusive interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, on his poetic career.
Joining Ian McMillan on The Verb this week will be debut novelist Joshua Ferris, author of a book narrated entirely by an anonymous group of office workers.
Ian finds out from Joshua what possibilities the chorus can open up for today's writer, as well as the many pitfalls it can create.
They're also joined by the classicist Edith Hall who helps them examine the roots of the chorus in classic Greek tragedy and its subsequent influence over European literature.
Also in the studio this week: singer songwriter Laura Veirs whose influences include unlikely literary sources, such as the novels of the great Portuguese author Jose Saramago.
There's also the final part of Fiona Sampson's guide to great Scandinavian poetry which concludes its journey in Denmark; plus, the award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad returns with a specially commissioned aural extravaganza about The Verb's past five years on air.
The Verb will also feature an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in which he talks about WH Auden's great sequence of poems about Good Friday, Horae Canonicae, and how he responds to it as a practising poet himself.
Horae Canonicae is being broadcast throughout Good Friday on Radio 3, read by Tom Durham, and introduced by Rowan Williams.
Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris is published by Penguin.
Queen's Gate by Pia Tafdrup and translated by David McDuff is published by Bloodaxe
Spring Tide: Selected Poems by Pia Tafdrup and translated by Anne Born is published by Forest Books.
Saltbreakers by Laura Veirs is out on the Nonesuch label.
The Poems of Rowan Williams is published by Perpetua Press.