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Ruth Bidgood
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George Szirtes – Children's Poems
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David Musgrave
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Elizabeth Jennings
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Emily Bronte
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Nigel McLoughlin
William Butler Yeats
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A tour of the Archive with Monica Ali

On my initial visit to the Poetry Archive, the historical recordings caught my attention first. I did not know that...

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