“The world has always been ending, I said. And you said: Yes.”

 – R.A. Villanueva

We spend our time sifting through the remains of fallen civilisations: bones, buildings, stories. In a world that seems always on the brink of catastrophe, we want to know what stories we’ll leave behind. In this new podcast series, we’ll be asking some of the UK’s top poets to re-tell some of their favourite myths, fairytales and legends. The stories they want to seal up for future generations – protecting them from rising waters, from nuclear disaster, and from the mundane tragedy of human forgetfulness. What kind of stories do we want to leave the future? How might they differ from the stories we’ve inherited?


Inua EllamsRachel LongKayo Chingonyi, Joelle TaylorMiriam Nash and Jay Bernard

This project is the brainchild of writer and poet Eleanor Penny.

Project produced by Tom MacAndrew.

Sound produced and edited by Eliza Lomas.

We’re working in partnership with London’s writer development agency, Spread the Word. This project is kindly funded by Arts Council England.