Helen Dunmore Special on The Verb

Helen Dunmore Special on The Verb


The Verb: Helen Dunmore Special, BBC Radio 3, Friday 17 February 2017, 10pm

Helen Dunmore has been interviewed for a special edition of Radio 3’s The Verb, which will air on 17 February at 10pm.  This 45-minute interview, recorded at Helen’s home, will cover her poetry as a whole, as well as her forthcoming collection Inside the Wave, which will be published by Bloodaxe in April 2017. 

‘Ian McMillan is in conversation with one of our best-loved novelists and poets Helen Dunmore. Helen won the inaugural Orange Prize for fiction for 'A Spell of Winter' and she won the National Poetry Competition for her poem 'The Malarkey'. She has also been acclaimed for her children's books and short stories. Ian explores the themes that animate Helen's work, the way the sea continues to tug at her imagination, and asks her about her writing process, particularly in relation to her new novel 'Birdcage Walk' and her latest collection of poetry 'Inside the Wave'.’

Listen live, or catch it on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast. It will also be downloadable as a podcast:

All of Helen Dunmore’s poetry has been published by Bloodaxe Books, starting with her 1983 debut collection The Apple Fall.  Her poetry is now available in Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001, her two subsequent collections Glad of These Times (2007) and The Malarkey (2012), with her eleventh book of poetry, Inside the Wave, forthcoming on 27 April 2017.



Open Book, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 23 October 2016, 4pm, repeated Thursday 27 October, 3.30pm

Helen Dunmore revealed the book she would never lend (and read a poem from it) in a short interview for Radio 4's Open Book.  Helen, who was introduced by Mariella Frostrup as a ‘literary polymath’, spoke about the influence of Louis MacNeice’s poetry on her own work.

Click here to listen (divided into chapters)


Poetry Spotlight, 5 October 2016

Helen Dunmore spoke to Poetry Spotlight about the underworld, illness and her forthcoming collection Inside the Wave. She shared a poem from the new book, which will be published by Bloodaxe in April 2017.  She was also asked about her 2012 collection The Malarkey.

Click here to read the interview



[14 February 2017]

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