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A collection of poems for the Summer Solstice

A collection of poems on Radio 4 celebrating the summer solstice. Poets Fiona Benson, Kathy Towers and Raymond Antrobus join readers with poems on the theme of summer and light.

A collection of the poems that featured throughout the day on Radio 4 celebrating the Summer Solstice.

Poets Fiona Benson, Kathy Towers and Raymond Antrobus join readers, Paapa Essiedu, Michael Sheen, Simon Russell Beale, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Siobhan Redmond and Anton Lesser with poems on the theme of summer and light.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

30 minutes

Poems and Music

 

Sunflower

By Fiona Benson

From Bright Travellers

Published by Jonathan Cape

Music:  ‘Pu Ert Solin/You are the Sun’ by Olafur Arnalds

 

Sonnet 94

By William Shakespeare

Read by Paapa Essiedu

 

A Green Thought

By Kathy Towers 

From https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/literary/summer-solstice-poem-katharine-towers

 

Failing and Flying

by Jack Gilbert

From Refusing Heaven

Published by Alfred A. Knopf

Read by Simon Russell Beale

Music: ‘Moderately Slow’ by William Grant Still

 

A Bee

by Peter Didsbury

From Scenes From A Long Sleep – New and Collected Poems

Published by Bloodaxe, 2003

Read by Anton Lesser

Music: 'The Journey’ from Be:ONE  by Wolfgang Buttress

 

Dream Variations

by Langston Hughes

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Published by Vintage / Random House

Read by Noma Dumezweni

Music: ‘Forest’ by Don Ellis

 

There Came a Wind like a Bugle

by Emily Dickinson

From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Published by Faber and Faber

Read by Harriet Walter

 

I Want the Confidence Of

By Raymond Antrobus

From The Perseverance

Published by Penned in the Margins

 

Ah Sunflower

by William Blake

Read by Siobhan Redmond

Music:  ‘Fur Alina’ by Arvo Part

 

Lying in a hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island Minnesota

By James Wright

From Above the River – The Complete Poems

Published by Bloodaxe

Read by Simon Russell Beale

 

The Mower to the Glow worms

by Andrew Marvell

From Andrew Marvell – Selected Poems

Published by Fyfield Books

Read by Anton Lesser

 

Light Breaks When no Sun Shines

by Dylan Thomas

From Dylan Thomas – The Poems

Published by J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd

Read by Michael Sheen

Music: ‘First Light, Plateau of Mirror’ Brian Eno and Harold Budd

 

 

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