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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Secrets, partly inspired by Helen Dunmore's 1995 collection of the same name. With poems by Seamus Heaney, Blake Morrison and G K Chesterton dealing with the subject, the programme features an interview with a poet; Don Paterson OBE and a priest; Father Christopher Hilton.
Readers are Pippa Haywood and Anton Lesser.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 24 Jun 2017 23:30

This Week's Poems

Russian Doll

By Helen Dunmore

From Secrets

Published by Bodley Head Children’s Books, Random House


Heiss mich nicht redden / Bid me be silent

By Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Translated by AS Kleine

Taken from

Poetry in Translation


Winter My Secret

By Christina Rossetti

From Christina Rossetti - Poems and Prose

Published by Everyman


To The Secret Rose

By WB Yeats

Taken from

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry



By Seamus Heaney

From Opened Ground Poems 1966-1996

Published by Faber & Faber



By Blake Morrison

From Volume 1 of Penguin Modern Poets

Published by Penguin


Extract from The Secret People

By GK Chesterton

From The Collected Poems of G K Chesterton

Published by Methuen & Co. Ltd



By Carol Ann Duffy

From Mean Time

Published by Picador


True Confessions

By Liz Lochhead

From True Confessions and New Cliches

Published by Polygon


The White Lie

By Don Paterson

From Landing Light

Published by Faber & Faber


Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ReaderPippa Haywood
ReaderAnton Lesser
ProducerSarah Addezio

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