New poetry season on the BBC

Black roses: the killing of Sophie LancasterLast month author Robert Harris criticised the BBC for its lack of dedicated programming for books.

The BBC has now announced that a season of poetry-focused programmes to be screened on BBC4 . Themes include a profile of poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy , a special on Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and a drama adaptation of Simon Armitage’s poem Black Roses, about the real murder of a 20-year-old girl by a gang of youths.

Radio 1Xtra is also working with Arts Council England to launch a “brand new scheme to reflect and enrich the UK’s growing spoken word scene, with a key pillar being to find and develop brand new performance poets”.

There’s also the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2015, open for entries in June. The Poetry Society and the BBC work together on this. The winners, who will have to write a poem inspired by a piece of music from this year’s proms season, will read their poems at a live Proms Extra event at the Royal College of Music to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. They will also receive a commission to write a new poem for BBC Radio 3 for National Poetry Day in October. BBC Radio 6 Music will also have Spoken Word Sessions around National Poetry Day. Listen to last year’s winners.



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