Audio Archives

BBC Poetry Season

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Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Mostly a general poetry portal)

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General Description of Archive

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 teh poets reading.

Description of archive history or URL

seems to be part of the bigger BBC web presence, coudl not find specific information about the Poetry Season

Contact information

there is a genral BBC feedback form:

Searchable options

there is no free text search box, but the site allows you to "search" by theme: themes are presented like a tag cloud

Relation from the audio to the text

none, there are either text poems or BBC video content about a poet

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

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

you can click on the poet's name, or click on words that describe the poem's themes

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

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