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Fiona Benson takes us to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe and shares poems of motherhood, depression and renewal from her forthcoming collection, Vertigo & Ghost.

Poet Fiona Benson takes Paul Farley to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe and shares new work from her forthcoming collection Vertigo + Ghost - poems of domestic life set against the backdrop of horrific world events, and of depression, motherhood and renewal.

Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.

With music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

28 minutes

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