These recordings come from a special recording for the poetry archive
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    "Slow Reader"

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    "Lost"

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    "Boys"

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    "Harrison's Desk"

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    "Bags I"

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    "The Infants Do an Assembly about Time"

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    "The Boy Without a Name"

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    "A Pair of Sinners"

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    "Where I Sit Writing"

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    "The Vampire and the Hound"

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    "The Actor's Mother"

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    "Cemetery Road"

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    "Mr Bloor"

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    "Friendly Matches"

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    "Dad on the Line"

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    "Team Talk"

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    "The Match (c 1950)"

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    "Who Kicked Cock Robin?"

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    "The Lovely Ball of Leather"

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    "Dream Football"

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    "Cops and Robbers"

Bibliography
  • "Cops and Robbers" Cops and Robbers, London, Heinemann/Penguin, 1978
  • "Please Mrs Butler" Please Mrs Butler, Penguin Books, 2003
  • "The Mighty Slide" The Mighty Slide, Penguin, 1988
  • "Heard it in the Playground" Heard it in the Playground, Penguin, 1989
  • "The Mysteries of Zigomar" The Mysteries of Zigomar, London, Walker, 1997
  • "Friendly Matches" Friendly Matches, Penguin, 2001
  • "Allen Ahlberg Reading from his poems" Allen Ahlberg Reading from his poems, The Poetry Archive, 2005
  • "Collected Poems Ahlberg" Collected Poems, Puffin 2008
  • "Everybody was a baby once" Everybody was a baby once, Walker Books 2010
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