Audio Archives

BBC Poetry Out Loud

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


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General Description of Archive

This a collection of famous poets reading a famous poem, hosted by the BBC Poetry. There is a list of 20 poets reading (Stevie Smith, Alfred Tennyson, Seamus Heaney).


Description of archive history or URL

Unknown history, although this site had stopped being updated in 2004.


Update: As of September 4, 2014, this site has been archived by BBC.

Contact information

No direct contact, contact page with email form here:

Searchable options

No search (there are only 20 recordings)

Relation from the audio to the text

The poem that is read is provided in text.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

When available, the date of the recording and its context is noted. Length and time are shown in the Real Player play bar.

Author bios and context within literary history

There is a very short bio and contextualization of each author.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

unknown, most likely mp3

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

There is a photo of the writer.


There is a pop-up window that appears when a poem is selected which displays the name and picture of the author, as well as the lyrics to the poem selected.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The recording opens in a Real Player playbar, with the photo of the writer, his/her bio and context with the text below.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Functions with browser settings. No app available.


In order to listen to the poems, Real Player must be installed.


Browsing is simple: there is a list of 20 authors and recordings.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


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