Friday, December 20, 2019

The Poetry Voice Podcast is 100!

Who would have thought we'd get this far?

And so to celebrate, two readings, both from Lady Godiva and Me as shameless self-promotion.
In the first voices from the modern city. Clicking on the link will take you to the reading

In the second Peeping Tom speaks.

A second edition of Lady Godiva and Me is available from Amazon, the Book Depository, and from the shop at 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The pleasure of poetry: Phillip Pullman on 'Paradise Lost'

Philip Pullman on the Pleasure of reading 'Paradise Lost'.

Seems to me a level headed appraisal of what makes this poem great.

His comments about English teachers and poetry are sadly accurate. In their defence most are following the requirements of a syllabus which mandates the approach and seems to be written either by people who think a poem is a complicated way of passing on a 'message' or the poem is a form of carrier which, if not exposed and neutralsied by 'analysis' will infect defenceless students with  dangerous ideological viruses.