Wendy Cope, Shalom Auslander, Ana Silvera, Ira Lightman
Presented by Ian McMillan. With new and rediscovered poems read by Wendy Cope, Shalom Auslander on the literary merits of anger, Ira Lightman on voice technology, and Ana Silvera.
Wendy Cope reads new and rediscovered poems, and discusses her changing attitude towards poetic form. Novelist Shalom Auslander discusses the literary merits of anger, and its uses and abuses. The assembled guests consider which writer they would most like to find living in their loft. Ian chooses Malcolm Lowry, and Wendy isn't sure it's a wise choice. Ira Lightman investigates the wilder shores of poetic expression with voice recognition technology, and there's music from the operatically-coloured and cabaret-shaped place that Yeats called The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart and Ted Hughes called a house that had been far out at sea all night from Ana Silvera.