Today is the first day of autumn; my favourite time of year. Granted, it’s not the crisp, orange-hued day we hoped it would be (the rain is back with a vengeance!) but it’s still great to have the cosiest season upon us again.
You can imagine my delight, then, when I was invited to celebrate ‘fall’ on BBC Radio Solent earlier this month!
My first visit to the studios was back in November last year, so I was excited to be back behind the mic to read some more poetry.
This time I recited Keats’s To Autumn, to celebrate 200 years since the poet wrote it on a visit to Winchester; it’s a really beautiful poem and a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
I also read an autumnal poem of my own, Low Light, which was inspired by a visit of my own (albeit to the Lake District; a little less local).
The poems were aired on Julian Clegg’s breakfast show on Thursday 19th September, but are still available to hear online!
You can catch my reading of Keats at around 1:42:00 and then a reading of my own poem at around 1:45:00. (You can also hear snippets of me at 00:33:45 and 1:34:12 if you’re super keen to hear my dulcet tones.)
I had a great time getting involved and it was a real privilege, too.
Thanks for having me back, BBC Radio Solent!