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Les Murray

Sue Lawley's castaway is poet Les Murray.

Sue Lawley's castaway this morning is the Australian poet Les Murray. He began writing when he realised that poetry didn't have to be about daffodils in a far off English field but could reflect the world around him; from the sheep and cows on the family farm, to the wallabies in the outback. His most powerful subject though, is his own depression which has dogged him for more than 50 years.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: La Valse a Mille Temps by Jacques Brel
Book: Blank, lined book
Luxury: Marble four-poster bed

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • Carl Orff

    O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)

    Choir: The Rutgers University Choir Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

    • Carmina Burana.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Sandhya Raga

    • Inside The Kremlin.
    • Private Music.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A major - 2nd movement

    Soloist: David Campbell Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia Conductor: Richard Hickox

    • Clarinet Cto, Flute & Harp Cto.
    • IMP.
  • Aram Khachaturian


    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Conductor: Aram Khachaturian

    • Khachaturian.
    • Decca.
  • Gaelic Service in Dornoch in 1950

    Psalm 73

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Jacques Brel

      La Valse a Mille Temps

      • Le Piu Belle Canzoni Francesi A Paris.
      • Replay Music.
  • Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66

    Mais Que Nada

    • The Very Best of.
    • A&M Records.
  • Gustav Holst

    Jupiter (from The Planets)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

    • Holst, The Planets.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • Blank, lined book

  • Luxury Choice

    • Marble four-poster bed


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Les Murray


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