Each year BBC Local Radio teams up with specially chosen poets to create sparkling new poems for broadcast on National Poetry Day. This year we are joining forces to challenge stereotypes and celebrate the delights of the different regions that together compose the United Kingdom.
From now, prompted by National Poetry Day’s Truth theme, BBC Local Radio stations are inviting listeners to tackle lazy cliches by sharing truths about the places where they live, the kinds of truths that deserve to be better known. These local insights will inspire celebratory new poems by the 13 local poets pictured here to be broadcast on National Poetry Day. BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Plaid Cymru are also planning to commission films: so watch this space.
Find out more about the wonderful poets taking part, and whether your radio station is taking part. If it is, be sure to join in by nominating your #HomeTruth.
Meanwhile you can watch the videos from NPD 2018 (Change) below, or sit back and listen to all the poets brought together in a BBC Local Radio special. Don’t miss the special ‘Doctor Wha’ by James Robertson either, which celebrates the Doctor in Scots.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire | Kirsten Irving | The Lincoln Imp’s Birthday
Read: The Lincoln Imp’s Birthday
BBC Radio York | Kate Fox | Everything Flows
Read: Everything Flows
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire | John Clegg | The Sun Box
Read: The Sun Box
BBC Radio Solent | Abigail Parry | Scylla
BBC Radio Gloucestershire | Angela France | Second Wind
Read: Second Wind
BBC Radio Nottingham | Andrew Graves | This and That
Read: This and That
BBC Radio Manchester | Nicole May | A rucksack and a journey
Read: A rucksack and a journey
BBC Radio Newcastle | Rowan McCabe | An Ode to a Muckle
Read: An Ode to a Muckle
BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey | John McCullough | The Zigzag Path
Read: The Zigzag Path
BBC Radio London | Momtaza Mehri | Our Father, who Art in HEndon
Read: Our Father, Who art in Hendon
BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire | Sebbie Mudhai | All Grown Up
Read: All Grown Up
BBC Radio Cornwall | Katrina Naomi | Countrywoman