Series 2 Episode 4


Episode 4

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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Ella Frears is an emerging poet and visual artist. She is a trustee and editor for Magma and published her pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity with Goldsmiths Press in 2018. Her first collection is forthcoming from Offord Road Books 2020. She has been writer in residence at the Design Museum, Tate St. Ives, Knole House and Royal Holloway University Physics Department. She has been a Jerwood/Arvon mentee, commended in The National Poetry Competition 2019 and shortlisted for the Out-Spoken and Manchester Poetry Prizes as well as the Young Poet Laureate for London.

Annie Hayter is a Barbican Young Poet and a London Writers Awardee for Poetry. In her youth she won the BBC Proms Young Poet Award and was a runner-up for Times Young Poet Award. She has performed at the Barbican, Hoxton Hall, Walthamstow Garden Party, Hammer and Tongue, and at the Barking Broadway, as well as on BBC Radio 3.

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). His second collection, playtime, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU and lives in Manchester.