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The Echo Chamber - Fiona Benson

Daljit Nagra selects The Echo Chamber with Fiona Benson, who takes us to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe. From 2018.

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and chooses The Echo Chamber featuring the poetry of Fiona Benson, who takes Paul Farley to her favourite swimming spot on the River Exe and shares work from her 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.

Both Fiona and Paul Farley have been shortlisted for the T.S Eliot prize in 2019. Fiona also won the Forward Prize in 2019.

With music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Presenter: Paul Farley
Producer: Mair Bosworth

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.

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30 minutes