Thursday, 1 October 2020

National Poetry Day

It's that day again, the one day in the year (for some) that poetry impinges on their consciousness and that day of the year when the rest of us, already addicted, try to share the secret. Not that it is. A secret, that is. It's there, out there and it's for everybody. And it needn't be difficult to be good. 

Many, many years ago when I was a troubled teen I began listening to Radio 3, becoming hooked on classical music in the process. At the time, they broadcast regular little 'fillers' called Rural Rhymes, read by the erstwhile announcer Robin Holmes. They were lovely little, charm-filled minutes of rural verse read in the most underrated but beautifully poetic way. To my mind, there's no better way to hear these poems. 

So here are a couple of those wonderful programmes...


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