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Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by W H Auden's Night Mail train.

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20070326

Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by WH Auden's Night Mail train.

1/5. Beginnings

Lemn boards the Caledonian Sleeper, leaving London at the same time as Auden's Down Special mail train would have departed. There is no mail on board, but the workers and passengers carry their own delicate cargo of hopes and recollections with them.

20070327

Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by W H Auden's Night Mail train.

2/5. Memories

Lemn meets a man who spent 30 years working on the travelling post offices, on which the freezing conditions and the long hours were not as poetic as Auden suggests. But is there a stanza to be written about the lot of the modern rail workers?

20070328

Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by W H Auden's Night Mail train.

3/5. Alone

Arriving at the busy interchange at Crewe, Lemn talks to the people who catch and dispatch the trains. Some are in love, some are in therapy and some are in drag.

20070329

Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by W H Auden's Night Mail train.

4/5. Love

In the GPO's Night Mail film, the train picks up mail at Carnforth Station in Lancashire. Ten years later, the same station provided the backdrop for the film Brief Encounter. Does passion still linger beneath the station canopy?

20070330

Poet Lemn Sissay retraces the route taken by WH Auden's Night Mail train.

5/5. Endings

Lemn's journey is complete, but will a dawn arrival at Glasgow help him finish his poem?

01Beginnings20070326

Lemn boards the Caledonian Sleeper, leaving London at the same time as Auden's Down Special mail train would have departed.

There is no mail on board, but the workers and passengers carry their own delicate cargo of hopes and recollections with them.

01Beginnings20070326

Lemn boards the Caledonian Sleeper, leaving London at the same time as Auden's Down Special mail train would have departed.

There is no mail on board, but the workers and passengers carry their own delicate cargo of hopes and recollections with them.

02Memories20070327

Lemn meets a man who spent 30 years working on the travelling post offices, on which the freezing conditions and the long hours were not as poetic as Auden suggests.

But is there a stanza to be written about the lot of the modern rail workers?

02Memories20070327

Lemn meets a man who spent 30 years working on the travelling post offices, on which the freezing conditions and the long hours were not as poetic as Auden suggests.

But is there a stanza to be written about the lot of the modern rail workers?

03Alone20070328

Arriving at the busy interchange at Crewe, Lemn talks to the people who catch and dispatch the trains.

Some are in love, some are in therapy and some are in drag.

03Alone20070328

Arriving at the busy interchange at Crewe, Lemn talks to the people who catch and dispatch the trains.

Some are in love, some are in therapy and some are in drag.

04Love20070329

In the GPO's Night Mail film, the train picks up mail at Carnforth Station in Lancashire.

Ten years later, the same station provided the backdrop for the film Brief Encounter.

Does passion still linger beneath the station canopy?

04Love20070329

In the GPO's Night Mail film, the train picks up mail at Carnforth Station in Lancashire.

Ten years later, the same station provided the backdrop for the film Brief Encounter.

Does passion still linger beneath the station canopy?

05 LASTEndings20070330

Lemn's journey is complete, but will a dawn arrival at Glasgow help him finish his poem?

05 LASTEndings20070330

Lemn's journey is complete, but will a dawn arrival at Glasgow help him finish his poem?