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.
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.
Poetry read by Ian Mckellen
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The reader is Andrew Motion
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