The Poetry Channel

The Podcasts

Welcome to The Poetry Channel where we add new podcasts every month. All our 'programmes' are available at THE POETRY CHANNEL ARCHIVE. Here you can see our most recent uploads.

 

Aldeburgh Backchat: Tom Pickard

North-east icon Tom Pickard on co-founding the legendary Morden Tower readings in Newcastle and being mentored by Basil Bunting, and the inspiration of oppression and the best way to deal with anger in poetry.

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Aldeburgh Backchat: Jen Benka

Jen Benka, the Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, talks about the balance between her day job and her creative life as a poet, the unlikely origins of the Academy and the challenges in the digital age for poetry.

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Poem Show 18 - Ellen McAteer’s Festival Choice

Incoming Director of The Poetry Trust Ellen McAteer shares her pick of the 2014 Aldeburg Poetry Festival – an extract from Kayo Chingonyi’s powerful and unblinking new poem ‘Calling A Spade A Spade’, Togara’s Muzanenhamo’s touching and incisive ‘The Naming of a Child’ and the magnificent Adélia Prado with her translator Ellen Doré Watson giving us, in English and Portugese, her spellbinding poem ‘Human Rights’.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2014: Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi talks about growing up with American cartoons and Zambian oral traditions, drawing on the aesthetics of hip-hop and the poetry canon, and resisting the notion of a singular voice.

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