I‘m delighted to say the Poetry Library has recorded an audio edition of Magma 34, which I edited. This means that their online magazine archive includes recordings of many of the poets featured in the magazine, as well as the text of most of the edition.
Audio recordings are a new initiative for the Poetry Library and I’m thrilled that Magma is one of the first magazines to take part. For me personally it was a special treat to sit in on the recordings and hear so many excellent poets read in person. Poets you can hear include Mimi Khalvati, David Harsent, Lorraine Mariner and Alison Brackenbury, as well as Quentin S. Crisp reading the first UK translations of Machi Tawara, who is a huge star in Japan.
An added bonus of the recording was the opportunity to meet Chris McCabe and Dean Farrow of the Poetry Library, both excellent company as well as doing sterling work behind the scenes at the Library. For me the Poetry Library is the jewel in the crown of UK libraries. If you love poetry and you haven’t paid it a visit then you’re in for a treat – an entire library devoted to modern poetry, including every book you can imagine plus audio, video, magazines and the rarefied atmosphere produced by fellow poets at study! It reopens (after the Festival Hall refurbishment) on 4th July.