Auden - Six Unexpected Days

Marking the centenary of the birth of W H Auden, poet Paul Farley crosses the Northern Pennines following an itinerary suggested by Auden in an article for American Vogue in 1954.

Paul investigates how this once thriving mining area, renowned for its limestone, exerted a powerful influence over the young Auden and how it continued to resonate in his poetry throughout a career which lasted more than half a century.

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Marking the centenary of the birth of W H Auden, poet Paul Farley crosses the Northern Pennines following an itinerary suggested by Auden in an article for American Vogue in 1954.

Paul investigates how this once thriving mining area, renowned for its limestone, exerted a powerful influence over the young Auden and how it continued to resonate in his poetry throughout a career which lasted more than half a century.