Ian Mcmillan - Poetry Of Britain

In an hour long feature for National Poetry Day Ian Mcmillan travels the length and breadth of the land seeking out poets, the landmarks that inspire them, and creates his own a poetic portrait of Britain.

For the past five years BBC Radio 4 has marked National Poetry Day with specially commissioned poems shoe-horned between programmes throughout the day.

Time, then, for a change.

This year the theme of National Poetry Day is Britain and Radio 4 is really getting to grips with it, sending Ian Mcmillan on a poetic peregrination through the land.

Ian Mcmillan is well-qualified for his peripatetic role; he spends his life travelling all over Britain performing his own poetry - he's Mobile Bard for Northern Spirit Rail Network (as well as Poet-in-Residence at Barnsley FC).

He has run poetry workshops for groups ranging from the police to a collective of prostitutes.

He has an acute ear, and eye, for the unacknowledged poetry of Britain, the iambs of the chatter on the bus, the station announcement elegy, the epic of the fish-market auctioneer.

As he goes in search of their poetry Ian will create his owns own poem about the land and people of Britain.

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In an hour long feature for National Poetry Day Ian Mcmillan travels the length and breadth of the land seeking out poets, the landmarks that inspire them, and creates his own a poetic portrait of Britain.

For the past five years BBC Radio 4 has marked National Poetry Day with specially commissioned poems shoe-horned between programmes throughout the day.

Time, then, for a change.

This year the theme of National Poetry Day is Britain and Radio 4 is really getting to grips with it, sending Ian Mcmillan on a poetic peregrination through the land.

Ian Mcmillan is well-qualified for his peripatetic role; he spends his life travelling all over Britain performing his own poetry - he's Mobile Bard for Northern Spirit Rail Network (as well as Poet-in-Residence at Barnsley FC).

He has run poetry workshops for groups ranging from the police to a collective of prostitutes.

He has an acute ear, and eye, for the unacknowledged poetry of Britain, the iambs of the chatter on the bus, the station announcement elegy, the epic of the fish-market auctioneer.

As he goes in search of their poetry Ian will create his owns own poem about the land and people of Britain.