RMSYL 4: The Nightingale and The Rose by Oscar Wilde (read by Bernadette Russell)

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RMSYL 3: The Universal Story by Ali Smith (read by Rachel Stroud)

Before I started this RMSYL malarkey, I didn’t know my condenser mics from my dynamics; my omnidirectionals, from my unidirectionals; my male XLRs from my 1/4 inch jack plugs.

Just point-it-at-someone’s-face directional is what I’d initially planned to do.   Continue reading


RMSYL 2: The Owl Critic by James Thomas Fields (read by Gabor Kovacs)


One of the pleasures of doing RMSYL is being open to the experience of how other people’s enthusiasms will wing their way into your life and get you all gee’d up about stories or poems you might never have glanced at twice.

Having someone say “This story/poem/passage is so bloody brilliant I’m going to invite you round to my gaff, sit you down with a cup of tea, and read it to you!” means that you’re more likely than not to be infected by their enthusiasm.

Which is exactly what happened when I got an email from Gabor Kovacs, Continue reading

RMSYL 1: Away To Moonlight by Darcy Niland (read by Megg Hewlett)

There is perhaps nothing as moving and transcendent as having someone read to you something that they truly and utterly love. The atavistic thrill of this activity may (as many atavistic thrills)  stem from childhood where a parent, grandparent, or favourite aunt or uncle read to us something that they probably adored when they were young.

Can you remember, the two of you sitting together, cosily reading and probably discussing what you were reading as you went along? Not in any highfaluting way, but just partaking in the experience of feeling alive in the shared consumption of a story or a poem?

In a bid to capture that special feeling as much as possible this year, I am going to be sending lots of emails to lots of people I know and lots of people I don’t know requesting of them very simply: “Read Me Something You Love, Please.” Continue reading


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RMSYL 7: Aubade by Philip Larkin (recited by William Sieghart)

William Sieghart

“Death is something that has come to bite me quite a lot. As so often happens, people turn to poetry in times of grief and need, and therefore my connection to poetry has often been dealing with both loneliness and grieving. That’s perhaps what attracts me to this poem. It seems to say a lot about how I feel about the world and what I have to contend with myself.”  William Sieghart


William Sieghart is founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, a London-based NGO founded in 2003. FT works with the leadership of all parties on both sides of the divide in the Israel/Palestine conflict.  He is also the founder of the Forward Poetry Prize, Britain’s largest prizes for poetry and National Poetry Day.


The Forward Arts Foundation: http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/
Forward Thinking: http://www.forwardthinking.org/
Read Aubade online: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178058
Music used in the podcast: Aubade