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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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A Trio of Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prizewinners

From a week’s protected writing time to reading at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, the three recent winners of the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize – Olivia McCannon (2012), Helen Mort, (2014) and Dan O’Brien (2013) discuss the benefits, pressures and pleasure of winning the award.

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Welcome to the 26th International Poetry Festival

Finuala Dowling, Dan O'Brien, Ellen Doré Watson, Adélia Prado and Thomas Lux kick-off the 26th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, introduced by Naomi Jaffa in her final Festival as Director.

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Aldeburgh Eight - Get On It!

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In November 2013 eight emerging poets gathered in Suffolk for an immersive three days at the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, immediately followed by an intensive five-day rural retreat. Nick Patrick follows the progress of the group on their once-in-a-lifetime eight days of accelerated poetry development.

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Poetry & Beauty

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What does ‘beauty’ actually mean to contemporary poets and is it still relevant to their writing or simply an outdated concept? The subject of the 2013 Festival discussion was illuminated and interrogated by Terrance Hayes, Ian McMillan, Katha Pollitt and Vera Pavlova with her translator Steven Seymour. Chaired by Robert Seatter – and generously supported by the online poetry magazine Ink Sweat & Tears – here’s the edited highlights (20 mins) of their unique and stimulating exchange.

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Poem Show 17 – Alison Brackenbury’s Festival Choice

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Alison Brackenbury chooses three outstanding poems by fellow Aldeburgh poets: Olivia McCannon’s tender and powerful ‘Exactly My Own Length’, Conor O’Callaghan’s imaginative and crisp ‘High Road’, and Terrance Hayes’ sensuous and sumptuous ‘The Whale’.

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Aldeburgh Pamphleteers 2013

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Poems and behind-the-scenes chat from four exhilaratingly talented and distinctive new voices – Richie McCaffery, Kim Moore, Shazea Quraishi and Luke Samuel Yates – responsible for what was overall the most popular reading during the Festival.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Ian McMillan

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Ian McMillan is not far off National Treasure status and is one of the UK’s most popular poets with an infectious enthusiasm for poetry. Our regular podcast producer Nick Patrick cornered him at the Festival to talk about his work with musicians, his Aldeburgh collaboration with artist Fran Crowe, and the beautiful white space at the end of the line.

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Alice Oswald In Conversation

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After her triumphant performance at The Poetry Prom in Suffolkin August 2011, Alice Oswald – in conversation with Naomi Jaffa – discusses her motivation and approach to writing Memorial, her new book length poem which is a version of Homer's Iliad. This is followed by a short extract from her Prom performance where she introduces and shares the opening three pages.

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Seamus Heaney Poetry Prom Reading

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Seamus Heaney reads poems from his last collection Human Chain at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2010.

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Seamus Heaney Poetry Prom Interview

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Seamus Heaney and fellow-poet and Aldeburgh Poetry Festival co-founder Michael Laskey ‘in conversation’ at the 2010 Poetry Prom. The pair achieved the remarkable feat of creating an intimate experience for the packed and massive – 800 strong – audience.

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Olivia McCannon In Conversation

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Olivia McCannon – winner of the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize – chats with Dean Parkin about the stories behind the poems in her winning collection ‘Exactly My Own Length’, the process of putting the book together and what winning the Prize has meant to her. (16 minutes)

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Awesome Foursome In Conversation

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Prior to their brilliant reading at the Bush Theatre Library in May, we sent The Poetry Trust’s Intern Leti Mortimer (AKA Poetry Editor at Inky Needles) to put some questions to the ‘Awesome Foursome’ – Holly Hopkins, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort and Katrina Naomi – who were all graduates of the Aldeburgh Seminar.

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Poem Show 16 - Young Poets

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Leti Mortimer, poetry editor of online magazine Inky Needles, picks three stand-out poems from Aldeburgh’s Young Poets event in 2012. Caleb Klaces reveals the hauntingly unnatural in ‘One Day Dusk’, Rebecca Perry’s tells of intimacy and heartbreak in ‘The Woman in the Sun, a Letter’ and Andrew McMillan shows graceful sensitivity with ‘In the Night Reaches Dreamed he of Better Places’.

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Aldeburgh: Young Poets Discussion

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Andrew McMillan conducts a fluent and searching conversation with Rebecca Perry, Caleb Klaces, Warsan Shire about what it means to be a ‘young poet’, discussing attitudes to language, attention spans, writing on paper or laptops, books versus Kindles, and how growing up with the internet has affected their poems.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Julia Copus

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Shortlisted for both the Costa Award and TS Eliot Prize for her long-awaited third collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans, Julia Copus talked to Robert Seatter at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2012 about writing stories to start with, the revelation of Sylvia Plath, and how radio plays and poems can both work as ‘theatre of the mind’.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Ingrid de Kok

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Pre-eminent South African poet Ingrid de Kok gives illuminating answers to Robert Seatter’s questions about her early influences, her liberal upbringing in a reactionary society, the need to guard against the polemical in poetry, and how “readers really resist being told what to think”.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2012: Andrea Porter

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Andrea Porter talks to Nick Patrick between her events at the 24th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2012 about reading poetry for 30 years before writing any; why grief is always individual yet poems can make it universal; and how "poetry is a sharing of what it's like to be human - and everyone's got an investment in that."

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Poem Show 15 - Andrew McMillan’s Festival Choice

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Andrew McMillan, fresh from his own successful Young Poets reading at the Festival, curates a Poem Show Special by choosing three stand-out favourites from Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2012. The controlled passion and anger of Warsan Shire’s ‘34 Excuses For Why We Fall In Love’; the elegant eloquent confusion of Anthony Thwaite’s ‘Predictive’; and the ribald hilarity of Jackie Kay’s ‘Ma Broon’s Vagina Monologue’. What a trio!

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Paul Durcan In Conversation

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In Suffolk for a characteristically mesmerising reading at The Poetry Prom in August 2012, Paul Durcan shared some memorable encounters and influences behind his extraordinary writing life with The Poetry Trust’s Naomi Jaffa. Truly engaging conversation.

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Marie Howe In Conversation

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Prior to her oustanding performance at The Poetry Prom in August 2012, Marie Howe had a conversation with Michael Laskey. What got her started as a writer? What’s her literary family tree? Does she think of herself as a religious poet? Candid and illuminating answers from the newly appointed Laureate of New York State.

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Poem Show 14: Prom Poets Preview 2012

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‘Speech Balloon’, ‘The Star Market’ and ‘Centre of the Universe’. Three poems from the Aldeburgh archive featuring Imtiaz Dharker (who describes herself as a ‘Scottish Pakistani Calvinish Muslim’), America’s beautifully truthful Marie Howe and Ireland’s mesmerising Paul Durcan – our ‘dream team’ trio of poets performing at the 10th Poetry Prom at Snape Maltings Concert Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 August 2012.

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Kay Ryan Q & A

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Naomi Jaffa asks the questions as recent US Laureate Kay Ryan, making her first appearance in the UK at Aldeburgh in 2011, discusses the uselessness of poetry, the strange way she discovered Emily Dickinson, her love of the edges of poems – ‘If you only like crusts you get rid of the middle of the sandwich’ – and the introduction of a phrase new to most of us: ‘the stink of the lamp’.

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Poem Show 13 - Human Relationships

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Three inter-generational poems from Aldeburgh 2011 about human relationships. In ‘The Lovers’, 90-year old Fergus Allen shows age is no barrier to recalling the pleasures of the flesh; Emily Berry’s ‘Our Love Could Spoil Dinner’ fuses deadpan tonal control with wonderfully left-field intimacies; and Robert Hass’s ‘Privilege of Being’ beautifully captures the absurdity and the ecstasy of love.

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Poem Show 12 - Memory & Preservation

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Three memorable poems from the 2011 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival demonstrating the preservative powers of poetry. Maurice Riordan explores how and what we remember in his nostaglic and rueful list poem ‘Gone With The Wind’; followed by Leontia Flynn’s tender and candid ‘My Father’s Language’; and to finish, Christian Campbell passionately memorialising history, wit and friendship in ‘Oregon Elegy’.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Jane Draycott

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Jane Draycott in a packed 8-minute conversation with Robert Seatter at Aldeburgh 2011 touching on how good poetry translators have to be good poets; the lure of collaborative projects; the narrative associative power of the international phonetic alphabet; and how being a teacher means she never stops learning.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Maurice Riordan

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Maurice Riordan talks to Robert Seatter at Aldeburgh 2011 about the predicament of being an Irish poet, saying the same prayers as Paul Muldoon, finding his own voice via American poetry, short stories and prose poems, and discovering ‘the music of what happens’.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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Chris Wallace-Crabbe in conversation with Robert Seatter at Aldeburgh 2011, reflecting on how his writing has changed, keeping copious notebooks, pulling pomp down off its pedestal and why it’s important to ‘peer at things with the incomprehension of a nincompoop’.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Fleur Adcock

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Fleur Adcock in conversation with Robert Seatter at Aldeburgh 2011 explaining her 10 year absence from writing poems (because poetry became ‘the day job’ instead of ‘wonderful secret sin’), her early influences, falling in love with facts and why wit shouldn’t conflict with seriousness.

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Welcome to the 23rd International Poetry Festival

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Christian Campbell - winner of our First Collection Prize - sets the scene for the launch of the  23rd International Aldeburgh Poetry Festival - introduced by Naomi Jaffa featuring a poem from Christian, followed by Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Luljeta Lleshanaku (with Penelope Shuttle reading the English translation) and Robert Hass.

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Poem Show 11 – Poetry Prom Special

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Three poems from the 2011 Poetry Prom’s magnificent trio of great British women poets: Helen Dunmore, Jackie Kay and Alice Oswald, punctuated with feedback from some of the 700+ audience about the live listening experience. ‘Glad of These Times’ allows Helen Dunmore not to moan about modernity; Jackie Kay sweetly follows the course of a life-long friendship with the title poem of her latest collection ‘Fiere’; and Alice Oswald closes with an extract from her book-length poem ‘Dart’ and a striking series of similies about water.

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Philip Levine’s Journeys

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A giant of American poetry and now the newly appointed US Poet Laureate, Philip Levine memorably appeared at Aldeburgh in 2009 where he enjoyed a conversation with Naomi Jaffa, The Poetry Trust director. In this absorbing, funny and wide-ranging interview, Levine covers growing up as a Jew in anti-semitic Detroit, working for General Motors, finding his voice as a poet, life at college with teachers Lowell and Berryman, his fascination with Lorca and Spain, his love of jazz (and loathing of Wagner), and which writers he could bear to be stuck in a lift with. (45 minutes)

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Simon Armitage In Conversation

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Edited highlights of Simon Armitage’s recent sell-out evening at the Ip-Art Festival when he was on great form talking to Poetry Trust director Naomi Jaffa about how Peter Sansom helped him find his voice, early poetry ‘stardom’, the film/poem process and how they provide a voice for young offenders, his big Olympic project – Poetry Parnassus, and lots more.

In partnership with Ip-Art, the Ipswich Arts Festival 2011
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Poets’ Hour in the Tower

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At the 2010 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival we conducted an experiment – inviting poets to take an hour-long retreat up one of the beach’s historic look-out towers, armed with nothing more than pen, paper, water (and biscuits). All we asked in exchange was for them to talk with Nick Patrick (our podcast producer) before and after their ‘incarceration’. Bill Manhire, Dorianne Laux and Jack Underwood were three Festival poets to brave the scarily steep spiral staircase...

Special thanks to Old Possum's Practical Trust for funding this series of podcasts from the 2010 Festival.
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Poetry & Landscape with Alice Oswald

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Nature and the English landscape have always been central to Alice Oswald’s concerns. Alice believes in our need, and in poetry’s power, to connect inner and outer worlds. In a memorable interview with Ariane Koek – at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival back in 2007 – she explores this essential relationship. This interview is full and unedited and longer than our usual podcasts (37 minutes).

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2010: Inua Ellams

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Are there parallels between writing and martial arts films? Nigerian-born Inua Ellams says definitely – both being all about one-upmanship combined with ‘flow’. He’s also dazzled by the tradition of great writers using the confines of form to create freedom: Shakespeare, Keats, Boland and the best hip-hop artists. “You have to know where you’re coming from to know where you’re going.”

Special thanks to Old Possum's Practical Trust for funding this series of podcasts from the 2010 Festival.
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Aldeburgh Backchat 2010: Bill Manhire

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Bill Manhire discusses growing up in 1950s New Zealand, the sense that “real life might be happening elsewhere”, the lack of a national literary tradition and the need to break free of the rather too well-mannered English poetry of his era. He loves how surface order can belie underlying weirdness – because of course it was Grimm’s Fairy Tales that got him started as a writer.

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Poem Show 10 - American Special III

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Three poems celebrating language in all its richness from three fine American poets. Barbara Hamby’s ‘Ode to American English' is a 'pill-popping Hungarian ghoulash from Anglo Saxon to Zulu’; Tony Hoagland’s ‘When Dean Young Talks About Wine’ is full of gloriously unlikely metaphors and celebrates the offbeat tongue-in-cheek wine snobbery of the wonderful poet, Dean Young. Ending with Stephen Dunn’s ‘Decorum’ - a poem where lowbrow meets highbrow, showing how choosing the right word is so important (warning: strong language).

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Aldeburgh Close Reading: Dorianne Laux

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Close Readings at Aldeburgh are one of the Festival's most popular events, where we ask a poet to talk about a favourite poem. In 2010 Dorianne Laux introduced us to fellow American Ruth Stone and her powerful poem ‘Curtains’. It'll be useful to have a copy of the poem in front of you while you are listening to this podcast -

click here to read 'Curtains' by Ruth Stone  

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2010: Marie Howe

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Marie Howe in conversation with Nick Patrick at the 2010 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, talking about how art gives our hearts the opportunity to break open (or close), her quest to get rid of the desire to be the hero of her own poems, and how “death is always the mother of beauty…”


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Aldeburgh’s Open Workshop

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What has 800 fingers, 160 feet and 80 heads sprouting fresh ideas and new poems? It’s the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival’s ever-popular mass writing workshop, annually led by Michael Laskey and Jeni Smith. Nick Patrick investigates its collective writing energy and appeal…


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Aldeburgh Conversation 2010: Imtiaz Dharker

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Imtiaz Dharker in conversation with Robert Seatter, discussing her wide range of influences – everything from the lullabies sung by her grandmother, Glaswegian swear words and the importance of the image to her writing.


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The Poem Show 9 - New Blood

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Three poems from the 2010 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival by three of the most richly talented young poets on the UK scene. Jack Underwood gives absence a surreal yet touching twist with ‘Your Horse’; there’s Caroline Bird’s wonderfully absurd lament for lost time, ‘Last Tuesday’; and we close with Luke Kennard’s joyfully scornful and exhilaratingly spiteful ‘My Friend’.

The New Blood reading was supported by The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation. Special thanks to Old Possum's Practical Trust for funding this series of podcasts from the 2010 Festival.
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Aldeburgh Conversation 2010: John Glenday

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John Glenday in conversation with Robert Seatter about the fourteen year incubation period for his acclaimed collection, Grain, the influence of his parents on his poetry, and the urgent necessity of writing a poem. (The 2010 Festival podcasts are supported by the Old Possum's Practical Trust).

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2010: JO Morgan

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JO Morgan talks about the strangeness of winning the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the ‘deep mulling’ involved in writing his prize-winning collection, Natural Mechnical and his subsequent protected writing time on the Suffolk coast.


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Aldeburgh Conversation 2010: Elaine Feinstein

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Elaine Feinstein in conversation with Robert Seatter, discussing poetry and memoir and the transitions of her enduring and wide-ranging writing life.

 


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The Poem Show 8 - Wonderful and Strange

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We've plundered the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival archive to bring you a new Poem Show of the wonderful and strange. Prepared to be entertained, appalled and moved. We start with the unique delivery of Lorraine Mariner reading 'Swimming Lesson', followed by American prose poet Russell Edson reading 'Ape' - which people either love or loathe (he really is poetry Marmite!), closing with Jo Shapcott's 'Somewhat Unravelled' - an unsettling yet affectionate look at what happens when we get old.

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The Poem Show 7 - Modern Life

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Three poems with a different take on the trials and tribulations of modern living. The refreshing voice of Geoff Hatterlsey reading 'Roaring Trade' followed by the ever droll Connie Bensley bringing the house down in Aldeburgh with 'Twelve things I don't want to hear' and finishing with George Szirtes' prescient pre-banking crisis 'Running Man'.

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Aldeburgh Takeaway 2010

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We asked poets what they'd be taking away from the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Here's what Dorianne Laux, Lars Gustafsson, Imtiaz Dharker, Inua Ellams, Mandy Coe and Marie Howe had to say.


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Aldeburgh Backchat 2010: Andrew Motion

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In a reflective & open conversation, Andrew Motion discusses the moment he 'got poetry', inspirational teaching and not wanting to live in a country of dark theatres & closed libraries with no literature festivals.


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Aldeburgh Conversation 2010: Lars Gustafsson

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Celebrated Swedish writer Lars Gustafsson in conversation with Robert Seatter at this year's Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, following a lively discussion on the subject of 'the Writer's responsibility to challenge the establishment'.


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22nd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival launch 2010

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The 22nd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival kicked off with a 'taster' of the world-class writers who'll be reading over the weekend. Including the UK's Mandy Coe, Ireland's Harry Clifton, New Zealand's Bill Manhire and celebrated American writers Marie Howe and Dorianne Laux.


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The Poem Show 6 - American Special II

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A highlight of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival is always the introduction of outstanding American poets. To celebrate this ‘special relationship' we've produced a new Poem Show for The Poetry Channel looking back at three of the most memorable Aldeburgh readings from American writers. Enjoy:

Philip Levine reading 'The Two' - a powerful and evocative poem from his 2009 Aldeburgh reading which won him a standing ovation.
Louis Jenkins reading 'The Afterlife' - an unexpected way of looking back at the sum of a life
Anne Stevenson - who is justly celebrated both sides of the Atlantic reading 'Leaving'.

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Seamus Heaney Poetry Prom highlights

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Seamus Heaney and fellow-poet and Aldeburgh Poetry Festival co-founder Michael Laskey 'in conversation' at the 2010 Poetry Prom. The pair achieved the remarkable feat of creating an intimate experience for the packed and massive - 800 strong - audience.

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Seamus Heaney reads new poems at the Poetry Prom

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Here Seamus Heaney reads poems from his brand new Faber collection Human Chain. For the 8th successive year the power and relevance of live poetry in the stunning Snape Maltings Concert Hall was abundantly clear

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Seamus Heaney - The Poetry Prom - audience Vox Pop

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Audience Vox Pop. Following the reading, audience members queuing for the book signing spoke of the ‘privilege' and ‘sense of occasion' of this ‘magical' evening.

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The Poem Show 5 - Funny Poets

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We're having our own Fringe Festival on The Poetry Channel this August with a new Poem Show celebrating three of the UK's most entertaining poets. Enjoy the late, great Adrian Mitchell with ‘A Puppy Called Puberty' - which was premiered at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2005 on R4's Kaleidoscope (back in those pre-Front Row days) and ended up on BBC Pick-of-the-Year. Matt Harvey celebrates the joys of office pilfering in his hilarious poem ‘Works Perks' and Helena Nelson - finds more words to rhyme with banana than you would think possible in a poem originally recorded at her triumphant Poetry Prom in 2007.

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All the latest from the Bard of Wimbledon

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Join the Bard of Wimbledon - Matt Harvey - as he reflects on the great British sport of queuing and takes a look at the tennis as well. Amidst the sound of popping champagne corks and the thwok of balls he "inflicts his poetry - in a well meaning sort of way" on the fans at SW19.

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Join Wimbledon Poet Matt Harvey on Henman Hill

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Is it Henman Hill or Murray Mound? As Matt Harvey, the first Wimbledon Championships Poet, says 'hills are fickle features'. Join Matt as he reads 'thowk' - fast becoming the fans favourite Wimbledon poem.

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The inside story of Afrikaans with pioneering poet Antjie Krog

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South African poet Antjie Krog condenses 100 years of South African history and the poetic tradition of Afrikaans into an extraordinary 15-minute snapshot. An edited version of a talk given by Antjie Krog at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. For non-football fans it will offer 15 minutes (we're sorry it's not 90!) of welcome relief over the next month. And for those keenly focused on South Africa it provides the perfect historical and linguistic context and illustrates just why this World Cup is so special.

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Wimbledon Championships Poet 2010

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Wimbledon, in collaboration with The Poetry Trust, has for the first time appointed a ‘Championships Poet' to capture the flavour and fervour of the world's leading tennis tournament. Join Matt Harvey as he explores Wimbledon, shares his excitement and reads his ‘Grandest of Slams' poem for the first time.

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The Poem Show 4 - American Special I

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This episode of the Poem Show celebrates The Poetry Trust's love of American poets. The Poetry Trust has a long tradition of showcasing American poets at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. This show features live-recordings from Aldeburgh. Enjoy the droll black comedy of Mark Halliday's ‘Soul on a Bench', the exceptional quality of stillness in Jane Hirshfield's ‘Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight' and the moving exploration of the human condition in Thomas Lux's ‘The People of the Other Village'.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Philip Levine (American National Poetry Month Series)

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Born in 1928 in industrial Detroit, Philip Levine's familial, social and economic portrait of working class America has left a monumental testimony on mid-20th century American life. His poetry of the assembly line finds a ‘voice for the voiceless'. In this reflective interview, recorded following his captivating reading at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Levine discusses finding his true subject through years of industrial labour and regrets the absence of politics in the writing of today's young poets.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Albert Goldbarth (American National Poetry Month Series)

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Enjoy the phenomenal Albert Goldbarth discussing the role of the poet as a ‘conservator of ideas' against the ‘depredations of time'. In a reflective interview recorded during the 2009 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Goldbarth considers live readings versus page poems, enthuses about poets who inspire him, and explains why he's never touched a computer keyboard in his life.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Sharon Olds (American National Poetry Month)

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Enjoy the inspirational Sharon Olds in conversation with British poet Michael Laskey - founder of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. In this reflective interview, Olds talks about choosing poetry over prose so as not to have to ‘make things up', how the 1960s women's movement influenced her writing and how poetry is the place where you can say the unsayable.

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The Female Poem – does it exist?

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To mark International Women's Day 2010 - Monday 8 March - we've produced a new podcast on The Female Poem. This is an edited version of the lively and wide-ranging discussion chaired by Jo Shapcott during the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2009. Enjoy Maureen Duffy, Pascale Petit and Annie Freud discuss, amongst other things, the horror of being labelled a ‘female poet', whether the male poem is the default position, the importance of ‘outsider art', why ‘miserable guys stalk the poetic world' and whether Donne, Keats and Wyatt wrote ‘female' poems.

The Female Poem discussion at The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival was supported by The Poetry Society

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Jamie McKendrick - the art of poetry translation

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Jamie McKendrick is the translator of the pre-eminent Italian poet Valerio Magrelli. In this meditative conversation with Robert Seatter he suggests that translation involves revealing the language within the language and immersing yourself in the unique and distinct tongue of the individual writer.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Sasha Dugdale - the art of poetry translation

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Sasha Dugdale has won huge acclaim for her translations of Elena Shvarts, one of Russia's greatest contemporary poets. With Robert Seatter she discusses how Shvarts's extraordinarily eccentric view of the world has influenced her own poetry.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 9: Roger Robinson

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Revealing insights from Trinidadian writer Roger Robinson who reflects on his inspirational father, his outstanding teachers and the thorny issue of cultural diversity in contemporary poetry. He also talks about finding the right place to write and the importance of ‘just writing, not judging' in the first instance.

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Aldeburgh Conversation: Maureen Duffy

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One of the UK's most versatile writers with over half a century of work, Maureen Duffy is a respected poet, novelist, playwright and biographer. Here she talks to Robert Seatter about the ‘constant beacon of Sappho', her ‘immense identification with Keats', and finding ‘the female muse' through love poetry.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 8: Ciaran Berry

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Last year's winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize discusses the experience of devising a first collection and how he plans to spend his ‘protected' writing time - a unique feature of this national poetry prize. He also considers the cultural traditions and interplay of poetry between Ireland, the USA and the UK.

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Interview with Sharon Olds

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In Suffolk to read at the Poetry Prom in August 2009, Sharon Olds discussed her journey as a writer with fellow poet and founder of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Michael Laskey.

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Aldeburgh Craft Talk: Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati

The Line Break
Mimi Khalvati takes a whistle-stop tour of the line break - its power and how to employ and enjoy this most visible distinction between poetry and prose.

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The Poetry Prom Poets

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The Poetry Trust's Naomi Jaffa and Dean Parkin discuss this year's Poetry Prom and introduce poems by the three poets taking part - Alan Brownjohn, Finuala Dowling and Sharon Olds.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 6: Barbara Hamby

Barbara Hamby

Behind the scenes interview with Barbara Hamby at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 7: Dennis O’Driscoll

Dennis O'Driscoll

Behind the scenes interview with Dennis O'Driscoll at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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The Write Stuff - The Jerwood Aldeburgh Seminar

Jerwood Aldeburgh Seminar

In March 2009, eight poets retreat to a house in the heart of Suffolk for a week of workshops and one-to-ones, helping them to develop their next collection. Nick Patrick investigates...

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Aldeburgh Backchat 5: Clive James

Clive James

Clive James on the Festival, The Poetry Channel and the importance of the poem. Interviewed by Poetry Trust director Naomi Jaffa.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 4: Ellen Phethean

Ellen Phethean

Behind the scenes interview with Ellen Phethean at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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The Poem Show 3: Family Inheritance

Sinéad Morrissey

I COME FROM by Robert Seatter

GENETICS by Sinéad Morrissey

SOME NIGHT BY CHANCE by Peter Sansom

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The Poem Show 2: Our Dangerous Age

Mourid Barghouti

IT'S ALSO FINE by Mourid Barghouti

FLINN ON THE BUS by Naomi Shihab Nye

REVENGE by Taha Muhammad Ali with Peter Cole

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Aldeburgh Backchat 3: George Szirtes

George Szirtes

Behind the scenes interview with George Szirtes at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 2: Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati

Behind the scenes interview with Mimi Khalvati at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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Aldeburgh Backchat 1: Tiffany Atkinson

Tiffany Atkinson

Behind the scenes interview with Tiffany Atkinson at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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The Poem Show 1: Aldeburgh Highlights 2008

Alan Brownjohn

BAD KARAOKE by Tiffany Atkinson

LUDBROOKE HIS CHIVALRY by Alan Brownjohn

GHAZAL: IT'S HEARTACHE by Mimi Khalvati

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