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Welcome to The Poetry Exchange Podcast

 

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The Poetry Exchange Podcast shares the conversations we have been having with people about Poems as Friends.

In each 20-minute episode you will hear an individual talking about a poem that has been a friend to them, as well as the ‘gift’ recording of the poem that has been made for them, in response to their thoughts and feelings about the poem.

 

“This is a fascinating podcast.” – Neil Gaiman

 

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Podcast Episodes

Most recent:

‘Last Post’ by Carol Ann Duffy – Poem as Friend to Jackie

In this episode, Jackie talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Last Post’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

The exchange was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel in Durham, during Durham Book Festival and in association with the Durham University Foundation Programme.

‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes – Poem as Friend to Roy

In this episode, Roy McFarlane talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes.

The exchange was recorded at the Festival in a Factory at the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

‘Continuous’ by Tony Harrison – Poem as Friend to Peter

In this episode, Peter talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Continuous’ by Tony Harrison.

The exchange was recorded at BALTIC, Gateshead.

‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W. B. Yeats – Poem as Friend to Tom

In this episode, Tom talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by
W. B. Yeats.

The exchange was recorded at HOME, Manchester.

‘How the World Gets Bigger’ by Alyson Hallett – Poem as Friend to Roxy

In this episode, Roxy talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘How the World Gets Bigger’ by Alyson Hallett.

The exchange was recorded at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury, London.

‘Proem’ by Martin Carter – Poem as Friend to Nicholas

In this episode, Nicholas talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Proem’ by Martin Carter.

The episode is our second ‘Long Distance’ Exchange, between Trinidad and London, via Skype.

 

‘A Kite for Aibhín’ by Seamus Heaney – Poem as Friend to Fiona

In this episode, Founder of The Poetry Exchange, Fiona Bennett, talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘A Kite for Aibhín’ by Seamus Heaney.

The episode was recorded in Carcassonne, South of France.

‘Love’ by George Herbert – Poem as Friend to Andrew

In this episode, Andrew talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Love (III)’ by George Herbert.

The episode was recorded in Battersea, London.

 ‘How Surely Gravity’s Law’ by Rainer Maria Rilke – Poem as Friend to Lisa

In this episode, Lisa talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘How Surely Gravity’s Law’ by Rainer Maria Rilke.

The episode was recorded at John Ryland’s Library in Manchester.

 

‘Return’ by C.P. Cavafy – Poem as Friend to John

In this episode, John talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Return’ by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Rae Dalven.

The episode is our first ‘Long Distance’ Exchange, between Athens and London, via Skype!

 ‘This Poem’ by Salena Godden – Poem as Friend to Dan

In this episode, Dan talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘This Poem’ by Salena Godden.

The episode was recorded in Lambeth, London.

 ‘Dulce et decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen – Poem as Friend to Joolz

In this episode, Joolz talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Dulce et decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen.

The episode was recorded in Lambeth, London.

 

 ‘5 AM’ by Roxy Dunn – Poem as Friend to Paterson

In this episode, Paterson talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘5 AM’ by Roxy Dunn.

The episode was recorded at the October Gallery, London.

 ‘The Island’ by A.A. Milne – Poem as Friend to Liis

In this episode, Liis talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The Island’ by A.A. Milne.

The episode was recorded at Waterstone’s, Rose Lane, Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival.

 

‘Love’ by George Herbert – Poem as Friend to Jonathan

In this episode, Jonathan talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Love (III)’ by George Herbert.

The episode was recorded at Waterstone’s, Rose Lane, Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival.

 

‘Turns’ by Tony Harrison – Poem as Friend to Maxine

In this episode, Maxine Peake talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Turns’ by Tony Harrison.

The episode was recorded at John Rylands Library in May 2016.

’Turns’ by Tony Harrison. Taken from ‘Selected Poems’. (Penguin; 3rd Revised ed. edition, 7 Feb. 2013)

 

‘Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)’ by Frank O’Hara – Poem as Friend to Harry

In this episode, Harry talks about the poem that has been a friend to him- ‘Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)’ by Frank O’Hara.

The episode was recorded at John Rylands Library in May 2016.

 

‘On Children’ by Kahlil Gibran – Poem as Friend to Hafsah

In this episode, Hafsah talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘On Children’  by Kahlil Gibran.

The episode was recorded at John Rylands Library in May 2016.

 

‘For Sigrid’ (from ‘The Bounty’) by Derek Walcott – Poem as Friend to Mark

In this episode, Mark talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘For Sigrid’ from ‘The Bounty’ by Derek Walcott.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

“For Sigrid” from THE BOUNTY by Derek Walcott. Copyright © 1997 by Derek Walcott. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. us.macmillan.com/fsg

 

‘Restlessness’ by D.H. Lawrence – Poem as Friend to Alison

In this episode, Alison talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Restlessness’ by D. H. Lawrence.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

 

‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W.B. Yeats – Poem as Friend to Martin

In this episode, Martin talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W. B. Yeats.

The episode was recorded at The National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London.

 

‘The moth’ by Miroslav Holub – Poem as Friend to Claudia

In this episode, Claudia talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The moth’ by Miroslav Holub.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

Miroslav Holub, Poems Before & After: Collected English Translations. Trans. Dana Hasova and David Young (Bloodaxe Books, 2006)
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‘Ars Poetica #100: I Believe’ by Elizabeth Alexander – Poem as Friend to John

In this episode, John talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Ars Poetica #100: I Believe’ by Elizabeth Alexander.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

Ars Poetica #100: I Believe © 2005 by Elizabeth Alexander, first appeared in American Sublime, published by Graywolf Press, St. Paul, MN, and is used with the permission of Elizabeth Alexander.

 

‘Compost’ by Dan Chelotti – Poem as Friend to Alice

In this episode, Alice talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Compost’ by Dan Chelotti.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

 

‘Prayer’ by Carol Ann Duffy – Poem as Friend to Tricia

In this episode, Tricia talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Prayer’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

The episode was recorded at The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre in August 2015.

‘Prayer’ from Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy. Published by Picador, 2013. Copyright © Carol Ann Duffy. Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W 11 1JN

 

‘The Transfiguration’ by Edwin Muir – Poem as Friend to Margaret

In this episode, Margaret talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The Transfiguration’ by Edwin Muir.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

 

‘I Am Like A Rose’ by D.H. Lawrence – Poem as Friend to Mary Anne

In this episode, Mary Anne talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘I Am Like A Rose’ by D. H. Lawrence.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury as part of Wise Words Festival in September, 2015.

 

‘The Second Coming’ by W.B. Yeats – Poem as Friend to Dominic

In this episode, Dominic talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Second Coming’ by W.B. Yeats.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival 2015.

 

Welcome to The Poetry Exchange

As a ‘teaser’ to our podcast, listen to these extracts of conversations we’ve been having with people about poems as friends.

 

You can also listen to recordings of some of the poems brought to The Poetry Exchange so far.

 

Hurrahing In Harvest by Gerard Manley Hopkins – poem as friend to Christine Webb.

Remember by Elizabeth Jennings – poem as friend to Carole Moffat.

Labour and Delivery by Tasha Posleanic – poem as friend to Claudia Barwell

Our Meetings by Andrew Waterman – poem as friend to Diana Bennett

Loving In Truth by Philip Sidney – poem as friend to Steve Constable

Intimacy by Marge Piercy – poem as friend to Jaqueline Kington

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth – poem as friend to Monika Kolovos

The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney – poem as friend to Sarah Butler

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by W.B.Yeats – poem as friend to Martin Heaney.

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