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Robert Hull
Kit Wright - Children's Poems
Simon Armitage
Alan Brownjohn
Wendy Cope
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lavinia Greenlaw
Christina Rossetti
Edwin Morgan
Wendy Cope
Lavinia Greenlaw
A. E. Housman
Frances Leviston
John Betjeman
Andrew Motion

A tour of the Archive

with Andrew Motion

My short tour of the Poetry Archive is designed to show its range, as well as the strength-in-depth of its holdings. And also to demonstrate how the pleasures and meanings of poetry depend as much on...
Catherine Olver, Foyle Young Poet finalist

A tour of the Archive

with Catherine Olver, Foyle Young Poet finalist

I think it's defensible to say that there's something about any poem worth the title that asks to be read aloud. Perhaps it's to do with the origin of poetry, as part of oral traditions, or perhaps...
Chris Pearson, teacher

A tour of the Archive

with Chris Pearson, teacher

When choosing poems for my tour, I had just one criterion in mind: that each poem must allow me to comment on the quality of the spoken word (after all, that is what makes the Archive such a...
Clive James

A tour of the Archive

with Clive James

The writer and broadcaster Clive James introduces a few of his favourite poems in the Poetry Archive.
Connie Ruzich, Professor of English Studies

A tour of the Archive

with Connie Ruzich, Professor of English Studies

As a university teacher who lives in an inland city surrounded by mountains, streams, and rivers, I sometimes have a longing for the ocean, to see and smell and hear its rhythms. When I don't have...
Danielle McShine, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Danielle McShine, poet

The Poetry Archive is an invaluable resource for hearing some of my favourite poems, read by their authors, and for discovering new voices. I often wander through the Archive, stopping at a poem or...
David  Almond, author

A tour of the Archive

with David Almond, author

I love this archive. It's an important reminder that all literature has its roots in the human voice. Black print on white paper is not remote and abstract stuff but grows out from 'ordinary'...
Dr  Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

A tour of the Archive

with Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Poetry happens at a sort of junction in the mind when new combinations start up, words and pictures start connecting in unexpected ways. It takes you into what can feel like anarchic territory, and...
Frank Cottrell Boyce, children's author and film-maker

A tour of the Archive

with Frank Cottrell Boyce, children's author and film-maker

I had the great joy of being part of the creative team for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics - a multi-media extravaganza that was streamed, tweeted, favourited and blogged about across the...
Helen Gray, teacher

A tour of the Archive

with Helen Gray, teacher

As a secondary schoolteacher in London for the past thirty years, it has been my privilege to have had a job which at its core, involves getting teenagers to fall in love with poetry. I have made my...
Julia Copus

A tour of the Archive

with Julia Copus

I've avoided poems that other writers here have recommended, but which otherwise would certainly have been on my list (such as Richard Wilbur's superb 'A Barred Owl', chosen by Andrew Motion). There...
Louise Joy, Lecturer in English

A tour of the Archive

with Louise Joy, Lecturer in English

Since I spend much of my time rooting around in the eighteenth century, this is where I headed first. Hearing poems from long ago brought to life by poets from our own age is peculiarly fascinating....
Mark Grist, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Mark Grist, poet

Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in the lyrical nature of poetry. I find that the more I’ve taken in, the more I’ve developed a palette for playful use of language; particularly...
Monica Ali, novelist

A tour of the Archive

with Monica Ali, novelist

On my initial visit to the Poetry Archive, the historical recordings caught my attention first. I did not know that recordings of Tennyson, for instance, existed. Although some of the following lines...
Rachel Redford, writer

A tour of the Archive

with Rachel Redford, writer

Over the last few years I have listened to many of the Poetry Archive recordings and my six poems are taken from those voices, literal and poetic, which stood out and have remained with me. I wanted...
Rachel Smith, chef and poet

A tour of the Archive

with Rachel Smith, chef and poet

Visiting the Poetry Archive feels like browsing through your favourite bookshop and finding that all the books are now talking to you! 
Robert Cole, poet

A tour of the Archive

with Robert Cole, poet

Poetry springs to life in recordings such as those curated in the Archive. Poems have a perfectly respectable existence lying largely undisturbed between the pages of short-run volumes. But here,...
Roger Stevens, author and poet

A tour of the Archive

with Roger Stevens, author and poet

I really enjoyed listening to all the poems in the Archive. It's fantastic to hear poets reading their own work. It took me a long time to choose my favourites - I think it would be much easier to...
Sarah Tremlett, artist and writer

A tour of the Archive

with Sarah Tremlett, artist and writer

I may be a closet listophile. Just as I have always been fascinated by the way that unlikely groupings of authors often rub shoulders amongst the nicknacks and flotsam of domestic bookshelves, so I...
Sherrie Talgeri, Foyle Young Poet finalist

A tour of the Archive

with Sherrie Talgeri, Foyle Young Poet finalist

Poetry is life with line-breaks – a personal matter – and I hope that this six poem mixtape I’ve chosen will resonate with you. This guided tour shall be filled to the brim with hapless word-beauty...
Stephanie Anderson, writer and coach

A tour of the Archive

with Stephanie Anderson, writer and coach

On my first visit to the Poetry Archive I dipped in to see what was there, and discovered there was far more to hear than I had imagined. I returned for flying visits, listening to one poet after...

A tour of the Archive

with Stephen Fry, actor and writer

Stephen Fry is a man of many talents: actor, novelist, comedian, librettist, thinker and wit. In an interview with Michael Parkinson, he was described as being "a man with a brain the size of Kent"....
Jean Sprackland

A tour of the Archive

with Jean Sprackland

There are so many good poems in the Children's Poetry Archive, it's hard to know where to start! I'd like to share with you just a few of my favourites. I've chosen six very different poems: some are...
Edward Thomas
Ogden Nash
Cilla McQueen
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope
Andrew Motion
Jan Kemp
Allan Ahlberg
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Wendy Cope
Stewart Conn
Hone Tuwhare
James Berry - Children's Poems
John Lyons
Alan Brownjohn
Glyn Maxwell
Jean Binta Breeze
Joan Poulson
Robert Frost
Walt Whitman
Robin Robertson
Wendy Cope
Brian Johnstone
Charles Causley
Alexander Pope
Greta Stoddart
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Wendy Cope
Walter de la Mare
John Moat
Robert Lowell
Tony Mitton
J.O. Morgan
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Valerie Bloom
Rachael Boast
Julia Copus
Michael Rosen
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Valerie Bloom
Wendy Cope
Chrissie Gittins
Andrew Motion
Philip Gross Children's Poems
James Carter
Brendan Kennelly
Mandy Coe
Alfred Tennyson
Jackie Kay
Cilla McQueen
W.E Henley
James Berry - Children's Poems
Lewis Carroll
Cilla McQueen
T. S. Eliot
Ruth Padel
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems
Douglas Dunn
Lavinia Greenlaw
Carol Ann Duffy
Emily Berry
Lavinia Greenlaw
Bill Manhire
Don Paterson
Owen Sheers
Alan Brownjohn
Robert Hass
Wendy Cope
Simon Armitage
Seamus Heaney
Choman Hardi
Deryn Rees-Jones
Emily Bronte
Glyn Maxwell
Rachel Rooney
Glyn Maxwell
Spike Milligan
Andrew Greig
Thomas Hardy
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hone Tuwhare
Alan Brownjohn
Andrew Motion
Berlie Doherty
Allan Ahlberg
Simon Armitage
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Mandy Coe
Christina Rossetti
Emily Bronte
Fred Sedgwick
Cilla McQueen
Robert Crawford
Emily Dickinson
Anna Crowe portrait by Swithun Crowe
Derek Walcott
Wendy Cope
Lavinia Greenlaw
Robert Lowell
Katrina Porteous
Philip Gross Children's Poems
Billy Collins
Imtiaz Dharker
Cilla McQueen
Robert Frost
Carol Ann Duffy
W.N. Herbert
Rachel Rooney
William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde
Wes Magee
Glyn Maxwell
Simon Armitage
Thomas Hardy
Andrew Motion
Alan Brownjohn
Simon Armitage
Owen Sheers
William Butler Yeats
Andrew Motion
John Burnside
Spike Milligan
John Foster
Andrew Motion
Walter de la Mare
Deryn Rees-Jones
Andrew Marvell
Phil Bowen
Judith Nicholls
Glyn Maxwell
William Wordsworth
Jenny Joseph
Howard Nemerov
Stephen Spender
Rudyard Kipling
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Chrissie Gittins
Charles Causley
John Keats
Simon Armitage
John Whitworth
Anthony Thwaite
James Berry - Children's Poems
Brian Moses
Cilla McQueen
Cilla McQueen
Gary Langford
John Keats
Michael Rosen
Pam Ayres
Siobhan Harvey
Ogden Nash
Lewis Carroll

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A tour of the Archive with Robert Cole

Poetry springs to life in recordings such as those curated in the Archive. Poems have a perfectly respectable...

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