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The Poetry Bath

with Sian Thomas

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The Poetry Bath is an hour of poetry and music to inspire and delight you. In each episode Siân meets a different poet, prose writer or other artist to read the writing they love, to chat about poetry and its sister arts, and to entertain and console one another with tales of the creative life.

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Janet Sutherland 2- EP45 - (W104 - 27th May 23)

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Rosie Johnston- EP44 - (W102 - 13th May 23)

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Sheereen Khan - EP43 - (W100 - 28th April 2023)

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Benjamin Cusden - EP42 - (W98 - 14th April 2023)

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Lawrence Wilson - EP41 - (W96 - 31st Mar 23)

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Mara Bergman - EP40 - (094 17th-22nd March 23)

Episode 40. Mara Bergman reads from her work and chats to Siân about her childhood in New York, how she first came to London and fell in love with Britain, and how her twin careers as a poet and a children's writer interweave. Track list: Beyoncé, XO Leonard Cohen, Famous Blue Raincoat Carole King, So Far Away Joan Baez, Diamonds & Rust Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer www.marabergman.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Maria Jastrzebska - EP39 - (W92 3rd-8th March 23)

Episode 39. Maria Jastrzebska reads from her latest collection, Small Odysseys, and talks to Siân about her early childhood in Warsaw and later life in London and Brighton, and what it means to move between two cultures. Track list: Mary Hampton, Because You’re Young Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Joni Mitchell, Turbulent Indigo Maria Farantouri, Asma Asmaton mariajastrzebska.wordpress.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - S J Fowler - EP38 - (W90 17-22th Feb 23)

Siân meets S J Fowler to talk about the serious business of messing around. Siân hears how Steve has fun with writing and performance and cultivates a sense of joy and playfulness in his work. Track list: Robyn Hitchcock, No, I Don’t Remember Guildford Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot, Bonnie & Clyde Cosmo Sheldrake, Numinous Curlew Ween, Chocolate Town Robyn Hitchcock, Cathedral www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/sj-fowler

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Susie Campbell - EP37 - (W88 4-8th Feb 23)

Episode 37. Sian meets Susie Campbell, who reads from her work and chats to Siân about the importance of textures, margins and liminality in her writing. Track list: Tom Waits, In the Colosseum John Spiers, Lemmy Brazil’s Hornpipe No2 Jocelyn Pook, Blow the Wind susiecampbellwrites.wordpress.com/about

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Alex Josephy - EP36 - W86 21-25 Jan 23)

Episode 36. Alex Josephy talks to Siân about her two lives in England and Italy and the meaning of home. Track list: Horzines Stara, Oshoï Jon Boden, Seth Lakeman, Ben Nicholls, Emily Portman & Jack Rutter, The Rambling Sailor Elvis Presley, Burning Love Jo Girdlestone, Slow Cooking www.alexjosephy.net

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Janet Sutherland - EP35 - (W84 6-11th Jan 23)

Episode 35. Janet Sutherland joins Siân to read from her latest collection, Home Farm, and talk about water meadows, eels and growing up on a dairy farm in Wiltshire. Track list: Waterson: Carthy, New Year Carol Kalevi Aho, Acht Jahreszeiten, from Concerto for Theremin & Chamber Orchestra The Furrow Collective, Many’s the Night’s Rest Scott Matthew with Holly Miranda, Dog janetsutherland.co.uk

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Kevin Scully - EP34 - (W82 - 23-28th Dec 22)

Episode 34. Writer, actor and kindly man of the cloth Kevin Scully joins Siân to read from his work and talk about his life in Australia, East London and now in the leafy Weald. Track list: Waterson: Carthy, Jacobstowe Wassail Matt Berry, Solstice The Albion Christmas Band, The Wren Song Bob Dylan, Tryin’ to Get to Heaven kevin-scully.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - David Caddy - EP33 - (W80 9-10th Dec 22)

Episode 33. Siân meets David Caddy to listen to David's work and chat about his interest in literary sociology and the ecology of poetry, and his love of the landscape and people of Dorset where he's lived for most of his life. Track list: Julie Fowlis, Silver Birch John Martyn, Go Down Easy Trees, While the Iron is Hot Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah davidcaddy.blogspot.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Vilde Bjerke Torset - EP31 (WK76 - 11 Nov 22)

Episode 31. Vilde Bjerke Torset tells Siân about asemic and visual poetry, frogs, horses and the meaninglessness of everything. Track list: Riannon Giddens, Calling Me Home Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Jackie Oates, The Devil & the Farmer’s Wife Bukkene Bruse, Farintallen vildebjerketorset.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath- Timothy Ades - EP30 (WK74 - 28Oct22)

Episode 30. Rhyming translator-poet Timothy Adès reads from his work and shares his love of music and singing. Track list: Black Sabbath, The Wizard Heal & Harrow, Da Dim Olivia Cheney, Arches Thomas Ades, Märchentänze (1st movement) timothyades.com

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath-Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana - EP29 (WK72 - 14-Oct22)

Episode 29. Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana reads from her collection Sing me down from the dark and tells Siân about the ten years she spent living and teaching in Japan and her return to Britain. Track list: Olivia Cheney, IOU Graeme Millar, The Moomins (Ocarina Theme) Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, She’ll Change Angel Olsen, Chance saltpublishing.com/collections/author-alexandra-corrin-tachibana

Sian Thomas - The Poetry Bath - Robert Hamberger EP-28 (W70 - 30th Sept 2022)

Episode 28. Robert Hamberger joins Siân to read from his work and talk about walking, his love of John Clare and how he found a home in Sussex. Track list: Ella Fitzgerald, Things Are Looking Up John Martyn, London Conversation Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Into My Arms Joni Mitchell, Hejira roberthamberger.co.uk

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Lydia Harris - EP27 (16th Sept 22 - Wildhart Week 68)

Episode 27. Lydia Harris reads from her recent work and tells Siân about her life on the Orkney island of Westray. Track list: Karine Polwart, Ophelia Singer Pur, Elfrida Andrees, Ur Drömliv 1 Rachel Newton, Curlew The Sixteen, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree The Copper Family, Primrose Banks homeabout.co.uk

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Raine Geoghegan - EP26 (2nd Sept - Wildhart Week 66)

Episode 26. Raine Geoghegan joins Siân to read from her work and talk about her Romany heritage and her love of music and dance. Track list: Emmylou Harris, Rollin’ & Ramblin’ June Tabor, Rare Willie Nina Simone, Here Comes the Sun Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven P J Harvey, Let England Shake rainegeoghegan.co.uk

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Jessica Mookherjee - EP 25 - (19th August - Wildhart Week 64)

Episode 25. Jessica Mookherjee and Siân meet at the Gallipot Inn in Upper Hartfield, East Sussex to talk about rock'n'roll, female desire and Jessica's collection Play Lists. Track list: REM, Kohoutek Japan, Quiet Life David Bowie, Drive in Saturday Nirvana, In the Pines/Where Did You Sleep Last Night thejessicapoet.com

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Di Slaney - EP 24 - (5th August - Wildhart Week 62)

Episode 24. Di Slaney tells Siân about her life rescuing, nurturing and writing about wonky animals. Track list: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan, Siccar Point. Joni Mitchell, You turn me on I’m a radio La Talvera, La Drolla d’Avairon Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Wake Up Everybody dislaney.com

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - With Friends - EP 23 - (22nd July 2022 - Wildhart Week 60)

Episode 23. Siân meets Alison Sanders, Helen Bardsley, Lucy Horswill and Robert Nagle on Ashdown Forest to walk, write and talk about their shared loved of the Forest. Track list: Rachel Newton & Lauren MacColl (Heal & Harrow), Lilias Bob Dylan, You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go The Incredible String Band, My Cousin Catapillar Roy Orbison, Blue Bayoux chiddinglyartists.co.uk/index.php/the-artists/54-robert-nagle

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Terri Mullholland - EP 22 - (1st July - Wildhart Week 57)

Episode 22. Terri Mullholland reads her flash fiction and talks to Siân about the influence of her childhood and parents on her writing. Track list: Turner Cody, Hey Jim Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Polly O Polly Guns n Roses, Night Train Donovan, The Little Tin Soldier AC/DC, Shoot to Thrill Terri Mullholland

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Joesphine Balmer - EP 20 - (3rd June - Wildhart Week 53)

Episode 20. Josephine Balmer joins Siân to discuss the role of translation in Josephine’s work and what it means to live with ghosts. Track list: Rachel Unthank & the Witnerset, Lull 1 Fleetwood Mac, Angel Trish Clowes, Pfeiffer & the Whales Van Morrison, Madame George thepathsofsurvival.co.uk/josephine-balmer

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Stephen Plaice - EP 19 - (20th May - Wildhart Week 51)

Episode 19. Stephen Plaice joins Siân to read from and discuss his Sussex-based novel The Hardham Divine. Track list: Isla Cameron, As I Roved Out Paul Simon, The Coast Ursula Oppens, Paris (Meredith Monk) Rafi Bellamy Plaice, The Little Road to Bethlehem (Michael Head) parvenupress.co.uk/news

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Lawrence Wilson 2 - EP 18 - (6th May - Wildhart Week 49)

Episode 18. Lawrence Wilson returns to read from There is so much I could say, an anthology of poems written by Wilson and Martha Gould with members of the Rare Dementia Support Research Project. Track list: Van Morrison, Sweet Thing The Secret Sisters, ‘Til It’s Over nationalbrainappeal.org/product/rds-poetry-book

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - JC Niala - EP 17 - (8th April - Wildhart Week 45)

Episode 17. JC Niala and Siân talk about JC’s work recreating a 1918 allotment and their shared love of languages and gardening. Track list: Bach Free Church, Isle of Lewis, Psalm 79 The Unthanks, Here’s the Tender Coming Robyn Hitchcock, I Feel Beautiful Trevor Moss & Hannah Low, Allotment Song jcniala.com

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Phil-Vernon - EP 16 - (25th March - Wildhart Week 43)

Episode 16. Siân talks to Phil Vernon about his work in peace-building and about the power and powerlessness of poetry. Track list: The Reingans Sisters, Mackerel Anna Clyne, Dance 1 (Inbal Segev & The London Philharmonic) Paul Simon, Think Too Much (b) Richard Strauss, Im Arbendrot (Jessye Norman & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig) philvernon.net

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Katrina-Rideout - Show 15 - (11th March - Wildhart Week 41)

Episode 15. Katrina Rideout tells Siân about her love of Ashdown Forest, liminal spaces and manga novels. Track list: Hot Club of Cowtown, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Kate Bush, And Dream of Sheep Love Psychedelico, Your Song Sugar Ray, Into Yesterday uk.linkedin.com/in/katrina-rideout-4b168a215

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Lawrence Wilson - Show 14 - (25th Feb - Wildhart Week 39)

Episode 14. Lawrence Wilson joins Siân to talk about their love of spring and read spring-themed poems. Track list: Lady Maisery, The Sun Returns Clara Schumann, Scherzo from Piano Trio in G Minor Op.17 (Veronica Jochum, Joseph Silverstein) Pentangle, So Early in the Spring Mary Black, Moon River paperswans.co.uk/5-questions-lawrence-wilson

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Patricia Robson - Show 13 -(Feb 11th - Wildhart Week 37)

Episode 13. Patricia Robson and Siân talk about poetry, storytelling and the wearing of masks. Track list: Andreas Scholl, Vivaldi, Cum dederit delectis suis somnum Natalie Merchant, Which side are you on? Krakauer & Tagg, The Geyser Thomas Parfitt, Malo, (Britten, The Turn of the Screw)

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - James Adler - Show 12 - (Jan 28th - Wildhart Week 35)

Episode 12. Siân meets James Adler on Ashdown Forest to walk and talk about how we can care for our endangered heathlands. Track list: Psychedelic Furs, Heartbreak Beat Pentangle, Once I Had a Sweetheart Martin Simpson, Lonesome Valley Geese Sting, Fields of Gold ashdownforest.org

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Mark Chambers - Show 11 - (Jan 14th - Wildhart Week 33)

Episode 11. Mark Chambers tells Siân about his career in the police force and the joys and disappointments of being a police-officer poet. Track list: Kudo Modern Lovers, Roadrunner Groove Armada, Superstylin’ amazon.co.uk/Blue-Verse-Mark-Chambers/dp/B085DSCD61

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Sarah Miles - Show 10 - (17th Dec22 - Wildhart Week 29)

Episode 10. Sarah Miles tells Siân about her work teaching poetry to children, running Paper Swans Press and about her love of Eric Satie. Track list: The Young Tradition, Boars Head Anne Briggs, Fire & Wine Lisa Ekström, Tourne, Tourne (Gabriel Yacoub) Passenger, Whispers paperswans.co.uk

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Show 9 (Wildhart Week 26)

Episode 9. Susan Castillo Street talks about the impact of her early life in the American Deep South upon her writing and her subsequent academic and poetic career in Europe. Track list: Robyn Hitchcock, You & Oblivion Emmy Lou Harris, Red Dirt Girl John Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Glen David Andres & the New Birth Brass Band, At the Foot of Canal Street Elvis Presley, Hound Dog en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Castillo_(academic)

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Julian Roup - EP8 (Wildhart Week 24)

Episode 8. Julian Roup reads from his book Into the Secret Heart of Ashdown Forest and tells Siân about his early life in South Africa, how he discovered Ashdown Forest and settled in the Sussex Weald. Track list: Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo, If It’s All Night Long The Fratellis, Slow Krakauer & Tagg, November 22 Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water waterstones.com/author/julian-roup/414397

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Lawrence Wilson - Show 7 (Wildhart Week 22)

Episode 7. Siân meets Lawrence Wilson to listen to Lawrence’s work and learn about this early life in the US and his love of words, music and performance. Track list: La Femme, It’s Time to Wake Up Mandy Patinkin, Finishing the Hat (Sunday in the Park with George) Kate & Anna Magariggle, Talk to me of Mendocino 1handclapping.online/post/lawrence-wilson-a-poet

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Nigel-Horn - Show 6 (Wildhart Week 20)

Episode 6. Guitarist Nigel Horn joins Siân to talk about music, poetry and their shared love of the Sussex landscape. Track list: Nigel Horn (various pieces) John Martyn, Go Easy youtube.com/watch?v=H19KA_10lEM

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Jess Mookherjee - Show 5 (Wildhart Week 18)

Episode 5. Jessica Mookherjee talks to Sian about her childhood in Wales, the influence of her Bengali heritage and how she became a poet. Track list: David Bowie, The Prettiest Star The Velvet Underground, Pale Blue Eyes Roxy Music, Nightingale thejessicapoet.com

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Paul Matthews - Show 4 (Wildhart Week 16)

Episode 4. Siân meets Paul Matthews in Forest Row to listen to Paul’s work and discuss his work at Emerson College and love of Ashdown Forest and the village where he’s spent so much of his life. paulmatthewspoetry.co.uk

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Rebecca Hurst - Show 3 (Wildhart Week 14)

Episode 3. Siân talks to Rebecca Hurst about Rebecca’s work as a poet and librettist and the influence of music and place upon her writing. rebeccahurst.eu

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Louisa Campbell - Show 2 (Wildhart Week 10)

Episode 2. Louisa Campbell joins Siân to read from her work and talk about living with an auto-immune disease and poetry’s power to heal. forwardartsfoundation.org/forward-prizes-for-poetry/louisa-campbell

The Poetry Bath with Sian Thomas - Show 1 (Wildhart Week 8)

Episode 1. Siân meets Sarah Salway to talk about Sarah’s love of messing about with words. sarahsalway.co.uk