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New Stevie Smith Aquisition | 15-Jul-09

One of the poets most frequently asked for by library users looking for poetry recordings is Stevie Smith. Until now, we were only able to provide a small selection of her poetry in audio form. Now, the BBC and the British Library Sound Archive have published an entire CD of the poet, in their Spoken Word series. On the new CD, Stevie Smith introduces and reads over forty poems. The informative inlay notes reveal that the poet was very keen to have her own interpretations available; 'I only really seem to enjoy actually reading them aloud', she says, 'And that's chiefly to forestall other people doing it. Other people, especially actresses, do make the most terrible things out of my poems'.

You can listen to this CD at the Poetry Library, or borrow a copy to listen to at home if you are a library member.

Other CDs that the library holds from the BL Sound Archive series are:

Bob Cobbing [compact disc] / COBBING, BOB; Cobbing, Bob (reader) -- London: British Library;BBC, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Abstract: "Includes previously unreleased recordings" 

Edith Sitwell [compact disc] / SITWELL, EDITH; Sitwell, Edith (reader) -- London: British Library;BBC, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Abstract: "Historic recordings of the poet discussing and reading a selection of her works" 

George Barker [compact disc] / BARKER, GEORGE; Barker, George (reader); Fraser, Robert (introduction) -- London: British Library;BBC, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Poems and short stories [compact disc] / HUGHES, TED; Hughes, Ted (reader) -- London: British Library;BBC, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Abstract: "Radio broadcasts of the poet introducing and reading selections from his poems and short stories" 

Poetry in the making [compact disc] / HUGHES, TED; Hughes, Ted (reader) -- London: British Library, (Compact disc) - Adult collection Guide 

Abstract: "Five programmes from the celebrated radio series Listening and Writing together with two programmes featuring readings from Season Songs 

Robert Graves [compact disc] / GRAVES, ROBERT; Graves, Robert (reader) -- London: BBC;British Library, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Abstract: "The poet introduces and reads a selection of his poems" 

W.H. Auden [compact disc] / AUDEN, W.H.; Auden, W.H. (reader) -- London: British Library;BBC, (Compact disc) - Adult collection 

Abstract: "Historic radio broadcasts of the poet reading his works"

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