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Centenary reading, February 2009 at the Royal Institution

The readings listed below may be downloaded by clicking on them. They are presented in the order in which they occurred at the event.

(technical note: files are zipped mp3 format)

Introduction by Grey Gowrie
He will watch the hawk read by Andrew Motion
I hear the cries of evening read by Grey Gowrie
An 'I' can never be great man read by Grey Gowrie
My parents kept me from children who were rough read by Seamus Heaney
A further introduction by Seamus Heaney
What I expected was read by Seamus Heaney
Moving through the silent crowd read by Andrew Motion
Your body is stars whose million glitter here read by Seamus Heaney
I think continually of those who were truly great read by Seamus Heaney
After they have tired of the brilliance of cities read by Tony Harrison
The Express read by Seamus Heaney
The landscape near an aerodrome read by Seamus Heaney
The pylons read by Grey Gowrie
In railway halls, on pavements near the traffic read by Tony Harrison
That girl who laughed and had black eyes read by Tony Harrison
Ultima Ratio Regnum read by Tony Harrison
A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map read by Grey Gowrie
Fall of a City read by Andrew Motion
The Vase of Tears read by Andrew Motion
The Barn read by Tony Harrison
Elegy for Margaret, Part V read by Andrew Motion
Almond Tree in a Bombed City read by Natasha Spender
Seascape read by Natasha Spender
In Attica read by Natasha Spender
Missing my Daughter read by Grey Gowrie
Diary Poems: Auden at Milwaukee read by Barry Humphries
Spender at Melbourne (by Barry Humphries) read by Barry Humphries
One more new botched beginning read by Andrew Motion
Louis MacNeice read by Barry Humphries
Late Stravinsky Listening to Late Beethoven read by Andrew Motion
from Antigone read by Tony Harrison
Auf dem Wasser zu Singen read by Seamus Heaney
I think continually of those who were truly great a recording of a reading by Stephen Spender