Poetry on TV Debate

Emily Mears, a student at York University has been in touch to tell us about a debate surrounding last year’s BBC’s Poetry Season.

Last Summer poetry was all the rage. Carol Anne Duffy was seen swishing about on every stage, boys in skinny jeans were secretly scribbling away and the BBC released a series of programmes dedicated to the poetry greats.

The aim was to place poetry back into the hands of readers. But did they succeed?

Unable to agree on the matter two English students from York University decided to argue it out in an article for their student website. Read the article here.

3 thoughts on “Poetry on TV Debate”

  1. Poetry on the radio. BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on 31/12/2009 – A Celebration of Poetry- was an absolute must for poetry lovers. What a broadcast: Oswald, Duffy, Olds and Plath. There is also an interview with the T.S.Eliot 2008 winner, Jen Hadfield. When I heard her reading from her volume Nigh-No-Place, I was captivated by the beauty and peacefulness of her words. I usually borrow books of poetry from my local library but when I listened to the poem ‘Daed-traa’, I was so blown away that I felt I just had to own a copy of the book and read more poems. In my case poetry has been put ‘back into the hands of’ this reader.
    On another matter I’ve just noticed that Celie Imrie is on Woman’s Hour this morning discussing her role as Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’.
    Here are two links to the poetry of Jen Hadfield.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2009_52_thu.shtml
    http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852247932

  2. There are two excellent poems by Jen Hadfield in issue 23 of The Reader. That was back in the Autumn of 2006, the same year as her first collection ‘Almanacs’ was published by Bloodaxe

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