"I'm not totally comfortable being gay, whereas he absolutely loves it"
An interview with Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, 2020 PEN Pinter Prize winner.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss WH Auden's life and his poetry from the 1930s.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
Claire Tomalin talks about the poetry of Thomas Hardy
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.
Nicholas Parsons nominates Edward Lear, now remembered best for his nonsense verse.
Tim Marlow encourages us not to forget the novelist Lawrence Durrell.
John Tusa talks to poet George Szirtes.
Richard Ingrams nominates author and journalist GK Chesterton for regularly being right.
Humphrey Carpenter talks to Richard Ingrams and Prof Denis Conlon.
from the BBC Sound Archive
Inua Ellams reads his poem Written in Water and Blood
Writer Lynne Truss chooses the creator of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
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.
Mark Coles looks at one of Britain’s most celebrated storytellers, Michael Morpurgo
Alasdair Cochrane explores the ethical implications of evolution in Thomas Hardy's writing
From the Today Programme
Murray Lachlan Young traces the rise of hyperbole and asks: Have we reached Peak Hype?
Michael Rosen meets acclaimed poet Raymond Antrobus.
as chosen by Will Self
Poet Murray Lachlan Young goes in search of his Scottishness.
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.
Gyles Brandreth praises the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.