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James Fenton

Episode 28 of 50

Celebrating 70 years of poets on Radio 3 and the Third Programme, an archive broadcast from 1983 in which James Fenton reads his poem Prison Island.

Ian McMillan with another episode in the series. From Radio 3's 1983 broadcast A Staffordshire Murder and Other Poems, James Fenton reads 'Prison Island'.

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.

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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.