The Great Libraries

Joan Bakewell presents a new series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

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Joan Bakewell presents a new series of poetry programmes, in which she seeks out the most treasured poetry in some of the UK's great libraries.

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The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

The Welsh poetic tradition is extremely rich and fiercely nationalistic.

Joan looks at some of the oldest Welsh poetry in existence, as well as coming across some interesting Bardic chairs, poetry written on prison toilet paper.

Poetry is read in both Welsh and English by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

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Joan visits Dove Cottage in the heart of the Lake District to view rare manuscripts by William Wordsworth and his fellow romantic poets.

With David Wilson, Pamela Woof and Richard Stanton.

Poetry read by Ian Mckellen

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>In this great historic library, Joan looks at manuscripts from poets including Percy Shelley, T S Eliot, Philip Larkin and W H Auden.

The reader is Andrew Motion

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London's South Bank Poetry Library is currently being redeveloped as part of the South Bank complex.

Contributors include artistic director Jude Kelly, Simon Smith and Miriam Valencia.

Poetry read by Alex Jennings