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A Poet for Every Day of the Year Live Broadcast

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by National Theatre | YouTube | March 3, 2022

Join us to journey through a calendar year in poetry, read by actors on stage at the National Theatre. Allie Esiri and Damian Lewis were joined by friends including Simon Russell Beale, Fay Ripley, Danny Sapani and Lesley Sharp. Chris Riddell live drew the evening. A Poet for Every Day of the Year is dedicated to Helen McCrory, who took part in some of these poetry evenings in previous years.

Signed copies of A Poet for Every Day of the Year are available from the National Theatre Bookshop here. Every purchase supports the work of the National Theatre. This event was performed on the Lyttelton stage, National Theatre, London on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

Here is a snippet of the program, with Damian Lewis reciting Everything Is Going To Be Alright by Derek Mahon:

Program list:

00:04:41 To a Haggis (Robert Burns)
00:07:59 First Sight (Philip Larkin)
00:09:44 Celia Celia (Adrian Mitchell)
00:10:19 Bird (Gareth Owen)
00:10:34 Song (Wendy Cope)
00:12:05 Love’s Philosophy (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
00:13:45 It Is Here: For A (Harold Pinter)
00:15:05 At a Dinner Party (Amy Levy)
00:16:16 Invisible Kisses (Lemn Sissay)
00:19:24 Sonnet 98 (William Shakespeare)
00:21:05 Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (William Carlos Williams)
00:22:22 Mrs Icarus (Carol Ann Duffy)
00:23:14 Siren Song (Margaret Atwood)
00:25:15 A Brief History of Modern Art in Poetry (Brian Bilston)
00:27:03 Mosquito at my ear (Kobayashi Issa)
00:28:08 An Ordinary Day (Norman MacCaig)
00:29:40 Two Guns in The Sky for Daniel Harris (Raymond Antrobus)
00:31:55 Ancestors (Nikita Gill)
00:32:39 Chorus from The Cure of Troy (Seamus Heaney)
00:34:56 Upon Westminster Bridge (William Wordsworth)
00:36:41 To Autumn (John Keats)
00:39:42 The Charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
00:42:55 Beth Gelert (William Robert Spencer)
00:48:38 The Lion and Albert (Marriott Edgar)
00:52:23 Mad Girl’s Love Song (Sylvia Plath)
00:54:20 You Must Never Bath in an Irish Stew (Spike Milligan)
00:54:53 The Guest House (Rumi)
00:56:35 Everything Is Going To Be All Right (Derek Mahon)
00:58:15 Wild Geese (Mary Oliver)

Source: National Theatre on YouTube