Word On The Street

Poetry and place, with Jackie Kay.

Episodes

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0101Grasmere2003022320030301

Grasmere, home of the Wordsworth Trust. With Trust director Robert Woof, poet-in-residence Paul Farley, and readings by Barrie Rutter

0102Newscastle2003030220030308

This edition comes from Newcastle and features the acclaimed Tony Harrison and three new poets - Monica Cheale, Heather Young and JeAnnie Macdonald.

0103Algonquin Hotel2003030920030315

Poet Jackie Kay travels to the Algonquin Hotel in New York, in search of the sharp wit of a past resident - the writer Dorothy Parker.

With New York poets Mary Karr and Sapphire, and readings from Parker's poetry by Kate Harper.

0104Glasgow2003031620030322

Jackie Kay travels to her home town of Glasgow to meet poets Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan

0105Dorset2003032320030329

Poet Jackie Kay travels to Dorset, to visit Max Gate, Thomas Hardy's last home, where Hardy wrote much of his poetry in later life. Jackie meets Selima Hill, an award winning poet who lives on the Dorset coastline.

0106Mytholmroyd2003033020030405

Jackie Kay meets fellow poet and Yorkshire man Simon Armitage in Mytholmroyd, where Ted Hughes grew up, and then travels to Hebden Bridge to meet Poet Amanda Dalton

0201Bangor Public Library2003080320030809

Jackie Kay presents the poetry series. This edition comes from Bangor Public Library and features three local poets - Pamela Greene, Moyra Donaldson and Stephen Hanson.

0202Hull2003081020030816

This second programme on poetry and place comes from Hull, home to Philip Larkin from 1955-1985, where Jackie Kay talks to Jean Hartley, who published Larkin's first successful collection of poetry and also the poets Sean O'brien and Peter Didsbury. Larkin's poems are taken from the archive.

0203Ceredigion2003081720030823

Wales Jackie Kay travels to Wales to meet the poet Gillian Clarke at home - a smallholding in Ceredigion, where she raises sheep. She also meets the Welsh language poet Menna Elfyn, who lives nearby. Gillian has translated many of Menna's poems, which we hear read in both Welsh and in English.

0204London2003082420030830

Jackie Kay travels to London to meet Mimi Khalvati, born in Tehran, and Choman Hardi, who has recently returned home to Southern Kurdistan for the first time since coming to England as a refugee in 1993.

Both poets talk about living in London and the affect displacement has had on their work.

/ London Jackie Kay travels to London to meet Mimi Khalvati, born in Tehran, and Choman Hardi, who has recently returned home to Southern Kurdistan for the first time since coming to England as a refugee in 1993.

0205Edinburgh2003083120030906

: Jackie Kay goes to Edinburgh to Brownsbank Cottage, the home of Hugh McDiarmid to talk to Douglas Gifford and the poet Vicki Feaver who lives nearby.

0206 LASTNorth London2003090720030913

, where Jackie Kay visits Stevie Smith's old haunts in Palmers Green and talks to local poet Hugo Williams.

0301Ware2004022220040228

Jackie Kay travels to Ware to meet Frances Wilson and Chris Davies, friends for over 40 years who share a love of writing poetry.

0302Newcastle2004022920040306

poet and novelist Julia Darling, and poet Joan Johnstone in Newcastle who read poems inspired by the place they live.

0303Dublin2004030720040313

, where she meets the famous Irish poet and raconteur Brendan Kennelly and the Dublin-born poet Paula Meehan.

0304Leeds2004031420040320

She meets local poet Ian Duhig for a visit to the city centre, and Sophie Hannah, city poet in residence 2003.

0305St Andrew's2004032120040327

She meets poet Kathleen Jamie and Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature.

0306 LASTBirmingham2004032820040403

This edition finds her in Birmingham, where she meets Handsworth-born poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Roy Fisher.