Paul Muldoon reads his poem July 1st 1916, with the Ulster Division, a response to the Battle of the Somme. Tim Kendall, a scholar of the war and its writing, sets the scene.
In a week of broadcasts tracking the 100th anniversary of the first week of the Battle of the Somme, Radio 3's Essay series is featuring five new poems written in response to the battle. The poems have been commissioned by 14-18Now and these programmes will broadcast the poems for the first time and also hear from the poets about their inspiration and writing.
4th July: Paul Muldoon: July 1st 1916, With the Ulster Division
5th July: Yrsa Daley-Ward: When your mother calls you, come.
6th July: Bill Manhire: Known Unto God
7th July: Jackie Kay: Private Joseph Kay
8th July: Daljit Nagra: On your 'A 1940 Memory'
Paul Muldoon's poem was commissioned by 14-18 NOW:WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers' Centre Norwich. It was published by Gatehouse Press.
Producer: Tim Dee.
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