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Geoffrey Hill

Episode 22 of 50

Celebrating 70 years of poets on Radio 3 and the Third Programme, an archive broadcast from 1979 by Geoffrey Hill, with a selection of his poems including History as Poetry.

Ian McMillan with another episode in this fifty part series celebrating 70 years of Radio 3's recording of poets and poetry since it was launched as the Third Programme in September 1946. From The Living Poet, August 1979, Geoffrey Hill reads a selection of his poems starting with 'History as Poetry'.

Three Score and Ten features archive recordings from the last seven decades of the Third Programme and Radio 3, with 70 remarkable poets reading their own poems. Amongst them T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, WH Auden, Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy. Plus ten brand new poems by contemporary poets commissioned specially for the series and broadcast on The Verb.

Producer: Sharon Sephton; Research by Caitlin Crawford.

Photograph: University of Leeds.

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Three Score and Ten – The poets and their poems, collected

Three Score and Ten – The poets and their poems, collected

Ian McMillan builds a historic collection of 70 remarkable poets reading their own poems.