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Jack Clemo at 100

Roger McGough listens to a series of poems by Cornish poet Jack Clemo, who was born 100 years ago. Rowan Williams and Luke Thompson pick their favourites.

Roger McGough listens to a series of poems by the remarkable Cornish poet Jack Clemo who was born 100 years ago. A devout and singular poet, Clemo grew up in the raw and brutal landscape of the china-clay pits of Cornwall. He was deeply affected by where he was from. Deaf from an early age, and later blind as well, he wrote an extraordinary physical yet religious verse that is like nothing and no one else. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Clemo's biographer, Luke Thompson, pick and read their favourite poems and Jim Causley sings some. Producer: Tim Dee.

30 minutes

This Week's Poems

The Flooded Clay-Pit

Christ in the Clay-Pit

The Excavator

A Calvinist in Love


All by Jack Clemo from ‘Jack Clemo Selected Poems’ ed by Luke Thompson, published by Enitharmon.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By Jack Clemo

From A Different Drummer

Published by Tabb House in 1986.


Montana Shade

By Jack Clemo

Originally unpublished, recently published in ‘Clay Phoenix: A Biography of Jack Clemo’ by Luke Thompson

Published by Ally


A Calvinist in Love

Performed by Jim Causley

From the CD ‘The Clay Hymnal: Poems of Jack Clemo’

Westwords Publications




Role Contributor
Presenter Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest Rowan Williams
Interviewed Guest Luke Thompson
Performer Jim Causley
Producer Tim Dee


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