Audio readings with films and music


                     ‘Tony Conran Remembered’ performed at Another Festival, Caernarfon July 2015

       Music arranged by Sioned Webb and played by Angharad Wyn Jones on Harp. Recorded by Neil Browning

                               09 from Castles Part I – The Earl and the Trees - reader John Griffiths

                     10 from Castles Part V – Conran Places – readers Sheila Brook, Annee Griffiths, Pauline Down

   15 from What Brings You Here So Late  Part 2 – 1979 – readers Dyfan Roberts, Pauline Down and John Griffiths

                16 from What Brings You Here So Late Part 4 – The Morrigu – readers John Griffiths, Sheila Brook

                                18 Introduction to God in Everworlds from Three Symphonies -  Pauline Down

                                         19 God in Everworlds – readers Pauline Down and Sheila Brook


Lesley Conran, Sheila Brook and Dyfan Roberts

Sioned Webb



As David Jones implied, all poets, artists, musicians, sculptors are, at their best, ‘Carpenters of  Song’.


Seán Street has published nine collections, his latest being Cello (Rockingham Press, 2013) and Jazz Time (Lapwing Publications, 2014). Prose includes The Poetry of Radio (Routledge, 2013) and The Memory of Sound (Routledge, 2015).  Other works include The Wreck of the Deutschland (Souvenir Press, 1992) and The Dymock Poets (Seren, new edition, 2014). A new collection, Camera Obscura, has just been published by Rockingham Press. He broadcasts radio features and documentaries on Radios 3 and 4.

Seán’s short film-poem, Elias, directed by Trevor Hearing, features Andrew Cuthbert as the eponymous central figure.

Elias was present at Runneymede at the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215, brought the copy that still survives at Salisbury to Old Sarum, and later worked on the building of the new church, where he became a Canon.

A poem based on the text of the film is included in Sean’s recently published Rockingham collection, Camera Obscura.


Dylan Jones, is a Welsh poet and songwriter. His work has appeared in Agenda several times. Dylan says of his film/songs: ‘ I like all forms of expression too -
though it did take a while to get comfortable with song lyrics. I always knew they were different from poetry – but at first it was hard to detach them from poetry.’

THE SHEILING 'Waking when the magpie calls'

THE SHEILING 'Song for Mathias'

THE SHEILING 'The Cruel Mother'

THE SHEILING 'Open the door'


David’s Pollard’s new collection, Finis-terre, was recently published by Agenda Editions and is available from the Agenda bookshop. Here David reads the whole sequence.



Carmen Crane, 9 years old, hand-reared a brood of orphaned ducklings at home in the bath tub. They were set free eventually and sadly one by one, disappeared or died.  Carmen’s favourite duckling called Milo died too. Devastated, she collected things from the garden with which to bury him with to help him on his way to heaven.  She then made up this song about it.


Marek Urbanowicz - How to improve reading your poetry aloud



Patricia McCarthy reads 'Clothes that escaped the Great War', winner of the first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012

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Special Exiles audio feature focusing on home sickness by Irish poet, Eamon Grennan.

From 'Emigration Road', a dramatic recital for two voices (Sean Coyne & Tegolin Knowland from Renvyle, Connemara)


The Poetry & Opera issue of Agenda Vol 47 No 3/4 was featured on a radio programme: Poetry and Opera Hour on Resonance FM, a London Arts station, hosted by Richard Scott. Patricia McCarthy, Timothy Adès, Eva Salzman and Sorana Santos were asked about their interest in Opera, read one of their own poems linking to this and chose a favourite opera extract which was played between each interview. Timothy Adès, well known translator/poet, has a famous composer son, Thomas Adès, who wrote a piece for the Agenda issue; Eva Salzman has a composer father and was brought up amongst well-known composers and musicians in New York; and Sorano Santos is a young music graduate who composes music and writes poems. She was the chosen young Broadsheet poet in the Poetry & Opera issue.

They can be heard at The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 10



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