Recordings of poems and sequences from West North East will be added to this page over the coming months. Click on the orange ‘Play’ button to listen to the recordings.
The third West North East audio podcast (recorded in Crossgates, East Leeds on one afternoon in May 2014) focuses on the poems ‘Because I was Nobody’, ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ and ‘The Last Workday Before Christmas’, each of which marks a specific location in the suburb: a cow field, the car park of the former Vickers tank factory, and platform 2 of the railway station.
Matthew Clegg reads from ‘Chinese Lanterns’ (on location in Hillsborough):
Angelina Ayers and Matthew Clegg read ‘The Python’ and ‘The Death Shift’ (from the ‘Fugue’ section of West North East):
The second West North East audio podcast (recorded on location at Flamborough Head over two days in July 2013) focuses on the poems ‘The Power-line’ and ‘Out Far and In Deep’, both of which reference this chalk headland, and also offers a rich seam of sound from the bird colonies that occupy the ledges of the cliffs.
The first West North East podcast is an edited account of a walk through North Sheffield made by Matthew Clegg and Brian Lewis on 26 March 2013, shortly after a heavy snowfall. Clegg reads and introduces several poems from ‘Fugue’ (the first of West North East‘s three sections): ‘This Place is Part of Me’, ‘Fishing by the Trunk Road’, ‘The Convalescent’ and ‘The Vantage’.
Five poems from Edgelands, read by Clegg and Fay Musselwhite:
Click here to listen to other recordings by Matthew Clegg.