We British: As It Happened
Andrew Marr took over Radio 4's schedule on National Poetry Day to tell the story of Britain through poems. Here's what happened...
Radio 4's new Poet in Residence
The day kicked off with the announcement that Daljit Nagra has been appointed as BBC Radio 4's first poet in residence.
Britain's poetic journey begins with one of the greatest medieval poems written on these islands, read here in original middle-English.
Prince Charles surprised us all with a romantic reading...
The Rise of England
Black Country poet Liz Berry reclaims Shakespeare for the Midlands with Sonnet 18 - 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?'
Speaking of the Midlands, here's Toby Campion's modern take on being England's middle-child, which features in our excellent Spoken Word Sessions.
The People’s Shipping Forecast
Murray Lachlan Young’s poetic take on the Shipping Forecast (using the rhythms, key words and phrases associated with Radio 4's favourite daily poem) inspired hundreds of listeners to write in with their own submissions for The People’s Shipping Forecast.
Using the observations that were sent in to Radio 4 HQ, Murray went on to create The People's Shipping Forecast. It was broadcast live at 18:29!
We were even sent this beautiful linocut by listener Sally Castle, who says: "the words that are like a mantra to me."
Spoken word sessions
Things Fall Apart
After the Tudor age came a period of turbulence, which produced some of Britain's finest poetry. From the sacred...
... to the profane.
Meanwhile, in Ambridge...
The Victorians were a confident bunch, but also terribly anxious. Sir Ian McKellen captures the mood of the time with a performance of Housman's reaction to the trial of Oscar Wilde.
The 20th-Century arrives, and so does this wonderful performance from Kate Tempest.
On such an epic day of poetry, it's only fitting that Graham Norton performs a work of the same name.