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The Poet Tree: Kei Miller

Cerys has an in-depth conversation with poet Kei Miller about his influences, inspirations and work. Plus she raids her record collection for an eclectic Sunday morning soundtrack.

Cerys has an in-depth conversation with poet Kei Miller in The Poet Tree, discussing his work, influences and inspirations. Kei also shares records where the lyrics have had an impact on him personally and shines a light on new poets.

Kei Miller grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to England to study an MA in Creative Writing before gaining a PhD in English Literature. In 2006 he published his first collection of short stories, Fear of Stones and other stories which was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers Prize and his first poetry collection, Kingdom of Empty Bellies. An award winning poet, novelist and teacher Kei's most recent work is a collection of essays explore the meaning of silence.

Plus Cerys raids her record collection for hidden gems, crossing continents and genres as well as bringing you her latest finds from around the globe. She also hears from professional whistler Molly Lewis and marks the anniversary of Louis Armstrong's death by celebrating his partnership with Lillian Hardin Armstrong.

3 hours

Last on

Sun 4 Jul 2021 10:00

Music Played

  • O’Donel Levy

    Bad, Bad, Simba

    • simba.
  • Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford


    • Early Years and Unheard Pearls 1970-1973.
    • Kent Records.
  • Wynonie Harris

    Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?

    • Blow Your Brains Out: Greatest Jukebox Hits & Dancefloor Favourites.
    • Jasmine Records.
  • John Murry

    I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)

  • D Rothon

    Eight Million Miles High

  • Ballaké Sissoko

    Djourou (feat. Sona Jobarteh)

  • Wynonie Harris

    All She Wants To Do Is Rock

    • Blow Your Brains Out: Greatest Jukebox Hits & Dancefloor Favourites.
    • Jasmine Records.
  • Funkapolitan

    As The Time Goes By

  • Etta James

    All The Way Down

    • Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!.
    • Ace Records Ltd.
    • 13.
  • Arandel

    Nos Contours (feat. Ornette)

    • InBach vol. 2.
  • World's Famous Supreme Team

    Hey DJ

    • The Famous Charisma Box: The Terminal Years.
    • 8.
  • The Dynamics

    Miss You

    • Mezzanine De L'Alcazar: Volume 10 CD1.
    • ITH Ltd.
    • 4.
  • Group Changui de Guanta

    Hazlo Como Yo

  • Gus Viseur et son orchestre

    Swing 42

    • Djangology and More - A Compedium of Jazz Manouche (aka Gyspy Jazz).
    • Jasmine Records.
  • Gaspar Claus

    Une Foule

  • Molly Lewis

    Balcony for Two

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


    • Rough Trade Records Ltd..
  • Whistlin' Alex Moore

    Whistlin' Alex Moore's Blues

    • From North Dallas to the East Side.
  • Dylan LeBlanc

    Gentle On My Mind

  • Subway Sect

    Get That Girl

  • Dorothy Ashby

    Afro Harping

    • A Complete Introduction To Chess, Checker And Cadet CD4.
    • Universal Music (UK) Limited.
    • 10.
  • Brandee Younger


    • Somewhere Different.
  • The Clash

    Rudie Can't Fail

    • Epic.
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry

    Soul Fire

  • Cortex

    La Rue

    • Milan.
  • Datblygu

    Can i Gymru

    • Libertino.
  • Moody

    Words Words Words [Vocal] (feat. Cold Diamond & Mink)

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Babylon System

    • Songs Of Freedom CD4.
    • Universal-Island Records Limited.
    • 8.
  • Buju Banton

    Not An Easy Road

    • Til Shiloh.
    • Polydor Limited.
    • 6.
  • Erland Cooper

    The Island 1961 - Pt. 1

  • Dougie Stu

    Henny (feat. Jeff Parker)

    • Familiar Future.
  • Señor Coconut

    Smoke On The Water

    • Fabric 17.
    • Fabric.
    • 8.
  • L.A.B.

    In The Air

    • L.A.B. III.
    • Loop Recordings.
    • 2.
  • Ibejii


  • King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band

    Dippermouth Blues

    • The Best Of Jazz.
    • 4.
  • Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

    Potato Head Blues

    • Universal Music Publishing Group: 20th Century Pop 1925-1977 CD1.
    • 10.


  • Sun 4 Jul 2021 10:00