EPISODE SIX: NO JUSTICE, ONLY PRIZES

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Our final episode of the current series looks at power and control. Joining Eleanor Penny this week are poets Jack Underwood, Amina Jama and Oliver Fox. They share reimaginings of the Jörmungandr or Norse World Snake; King Cnut; and the Somali Queen Arawelo.

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EPISODE FIVE: THE SIN OF CLAY

Episode 5


Joining Eleanor Penny this week are poets Sabrina Mahfouz, Geraldine Clarkson and Stuart Buck. Together they explore our relationship with mythical characters; re-imagining stories of Prometheus, Bluebeard, and the little-known Lob Lie-by-the-fire, who’ll do your housework in return for a saucer of milk.

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EPISODE FOUR: MY HEART WAS SO GREEDY

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In our fourth episode poets Ella Frears, Annie Hayer and Andrew McMillan join our host Eleanor Penny to discuss traditional tales of love and relationships. They re-imagine Eurydice, wife of Orpheus; the mythical half-seal half-women Selkie; and Jesus, who emerges as a dancefloor-parting queer icon.

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EPISODE THREE: SWEETNESS AND FEAR

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Our third episode explores monsters, outlaws and home invaders, as our host Eleanor Penny sits down with poets Helen Mort, Romalyn Ante and Tice Cin. Their mythic re-imaginings include the vampiric Fillipino Manananggal, the Turkish Cypriot fugitive Hasan Buli, and trespasser and porridge-thief Goldilocks.

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EPISODE TWO: SHE NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS

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This week poets Malika Booker, Natalie Linh Bolderston and Olga Dermott-Bond bring to life traditional stories of powerful women. We hear about the West Indian temptress La Diablesse, Vietnamese Warrior Triệu Thị Trinh, and the Irish giant-trickster Oonagh McCool.

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EPISODE ONE: THE FLOOD CAME

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In the first episode of Series Two, we’re facing environmental catastrophe in its various forms. Joining Eleanor Penny, are Forward Prize winning poet Kei Miller and young poets Gboyega Odubanjo and Joshua Judson. They share re-imaginings of the ‘meme’ of the Green Man, the Book of Revelation and the Jamaican Story of the Dry River.

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Series two launches – 16 September

Website headerWe’re thrilled to let you know that series two will be arriving onto your phones, computers and into your headphones on Monday 16 September.

We have six episodes ready for featuring the work of 12 emerging poets, alongside new commissions by: Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Kei Miller, Helen Mort, Sabrina Mahfouz and Jack Underwood.

Make sure you don’t miss an episode by subscribing in advance via iTunes, SpotifyStitcher, Acast, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Series 2 launch night

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Much like the impending apocalypse, series two is almost upon us.

Come and join us for an evening of poetry and celebration on:
Wednesday 11 September, 7pm-10pm at the Star of Kings, London, N1 0AX

The event will feature readings from a selection of poets from the series, and be hosted by Joelle Taylor.

To register for your free ticket, please visit: bit.ly/31KXfXC

We’d love to see you there.

Applications open for Series Two

BookshelfWE’RE BACK for a second series of Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, this time headlined by leading UK poets Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort and Jack Underwood.

We are recruiting for 12 emerging poets to join these poets for series two.

Emerging artists will be commissioned to produce a 5-7 minute poem to feature on the podcast, and closely collaborate with the lead artists. The twelve selected poets will each receive a £300 fee for their work, and travel subsidy is available for writers outside of London.

Preliminary workshops take place in early June and podcasts recorded in late July. There will also be opportunities to perform your work.

If you would like to take part, visit our Apply page.