Mark Lawson examines why the works of Shakespeare continue to inspire so many books.
Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years
Professor Judith Buchanan shares her love of silent Shakespeare on early film.
Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent
Laurence robes up like Lord Byron, in the costume of an Albanian nobleman.
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
John Betjeman's skill at performing his own work
Nikolaus Pevsner places the artist William Blake in the context of an English tradition.
Blake Morrison reading The Ballad of Shingle Street
Christine Finn visits the house that was the poet Wilfred Owen's final refuge in France.
Who owns Shakespeare? Graphic designer Teresa Monachino goes in search of Brand Bard.
Byron writing to his friend Thomas Moore describing is love life and life in Venice
Byron's troubled relationship with his mother
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores Byron's love of costume
Exploring the Victorian borderland between Platonic friendship and homosexual love.
Playwright Michael Symmons Robert explores the dystopic imagination.
Diana Athill talks to John Wilson about the letters of Lord Byron
Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club brings you the best of this year’s Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the literary cycle tracks of writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of writer Edward Thomas.
Helen Castor on why the action in Shakespeare's history plays takes place in the Midlands.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 'the only influential poet of the Victorian age'.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.
A poem from Ian McMillan's new collection: To Fold The Evening Star
Matthew Hollis follows Edward Thomas's 1913 journey into the south west and towards poetry
Jerry Brotton looks at Sir Walter Raleigh's quest for gold
The theatre director Iqbal Khan meets the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.