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The Spoken Word

Sarah Cuddon explores the power and the magic of the spoken word and reading aloud, with reference to voices as diverse as Jarvis Cocker and Richard Burton.

Sarah Cuddon explores the power and the magic of the spoken word and reading aloud and samples readings by, among others, Jarvis Cocker of Tove Jansson's Moomin Troll stories and Richard Burton of poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

She also draws upon music by Jake Thackray, Ella Fitzgerald and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

Produced by Alan Hall.
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • The Spring Tune by Tove Jansson

    Jarvis Cocker reads an excerpt from Tove Jansson’s Moomin story ‘The Spring Tune’ on his BBC 6 Music show.

  • Drift by Caroline Bergvall

    Caroline Bergvall performs her reworking of the old Nordic poem the Havamal

  • Invictus by William Ernest Henley

    A poem about overcoming difficult circumstances

  • Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town by EE Cummings

    A poem which plays with jumbled syntax

  • The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Richard Burton reads two poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • Si Vil Du Med Meg

    • Tjuvgods.
    • Grappa.
  • Peter and the Wolf

    • Peter and The Wolf/A Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Jake Thackray

    Lah Di Dah

    • Jake In a Box [The EMI Recordings 1967-1976].
    • EMI.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Oh, Lady Be Good

    • Lady Be Good!.
    • Dreyfus.
  • Sam Semple

    The Old Straight Track

    • Mystery Songs.
    • Sam Semple.

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