An interview with Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, 2020 PEN Pinter Prize winner.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss WH Auden's life and his poetry from the 1930s.
Great Missenden is Roald Dahl country. Helen Mark discovers the writers love of nature.
Michael Berkeley's guest is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
Dannie Abse reads his poem Case History for Front Row
Dannie Abse reads Dafydd and the Brecon Deacon's Wife (Storm) for Front Row
Interview originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, 3 July 2007.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's 1978 debut album.
Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke and Eavan Boland on gender and poetry.
Billy Bragg tells the story of Jock Purdon and the history of songwriting about mining.
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Stuart Maconie takes in the Manchester skyline with poet Simon Armitage.
Michael Berkeley's guest is the beat poet Michael Horovitz.
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy reads a selection of her poems.
first broadcast in 1960
Mark Lawson talks to poet Wendy Cope.
James Naughtie profiles the storyteller who enchanted children with his grotesque tales.
Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe tells the story of one of the greatest movies never made.
Roald Dahl tells his own story in his own words with the help of his granddaughter Sophie.
The creation and unexpected afterlife of WH Auden's poem September 1, 1939.
Becky Milligan profiles the new poet laureate, Simon Armitage.
The playwright Simon Stephens meets the poet Simon Armitage.
The writer and comedian talks about the impact of shell shock on his mental health.
Sophie Dahl looks at the life of her grandfather, the children's author Roald Dahl.
Professor Tom Solomon talks about his former patient, writer Roald Dahl.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the enduring appeal of TS Eliot's religious poetry.