Audio Archives

BBC Poetry Season

Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Mostly a general poetry portal)

Sponsoring Person or Institution


Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): This BBC portal has been archived since 2014 and will therefore see no further updates.

NO audio! This is a general British poetry site: some video, some texts, and snippets from BBC shows about the poets. There are 30 poets included in the project. There are no audio recordings (as far as I can tell) of the poets reading.

Description of archive history or URL

Seems to be part of the bigger BBC web presence, could not find specific information about the Poetry Season.

Contact information

There is a general BBC feedback form:

Searchable options

There is no free text search box, but the site allows you to "search" by theme on the right hand side of the page: themes are presented like a tag cloud.

Relation from the audio to the text

None, there are no text poems nor BBC video content about a poet.


Update: Video links are non-responsive.

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

No audio, just video.

Author bios and context within literary history

Nice little portal for each of the 30 poets: a bio, BBC footage (if any) and selected poems (text only).

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

No audio.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Pictures and video, nicely designed site.

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

No audio. Footage requires Flash Player 9 to access.

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

Accessible via mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). Works like the browser version of the portal.


You can click on the poet's name, or click on words that describe the poem's themes. Under "Poems", all documented poems in this portal are listed via alphabetical order.


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

Users can vote on their favourite poem.


Update: As the page is now archived, votes will no longer be held in this portal. A "Vote" page still exists which shows the results of the last poll which was held in 2009.

Other notes

Under "Spoken Word", a series of columns are available to read on the BBC Poetry Season, the last of which was on October 9, 2009. Each column details events for the upcoming month and a small part at the end lists "New Talent", followed by external links to their personal pages. Unfortunately, these links no longer work.