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Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar

Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar

By Arji Manuelpillai
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar is a place where we pickle the poems you'll love. Each week we invite a published poet into the studio to share a poem they love. We dismantle and dissect it, we open it up so you the listener can see it in a completely new way. This podcast is for newcomers and professionals, for teachers, young people and for everyone in between.
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Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Episode 7
This week we are joined by Carole Bromley. Carole’s pamphlets (Unscheduled Halt and Skylight) and collections (A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and Blast Off!) are available from Smith/Doorstop Books Her newest poetry pamphlet about her recent experience of brain surgery is called Sodium 136, by Calder Valley Poetry.  Today, we discuss the Hugo Williams Dialysis Days. You can read the poem here:
January 12, 2021
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 6
In today's Pickle Jar we are joined by the brilliant Anthony Anaxagorou. His  recent collection  After the Formalities (Penned in the Margins, 2019) was nominated for a TS Eliot Prize. In today's episode he shall be bringing in a little known poem by Robin Beth Schaer called Holdfast. check out the poem here :
January 5, 2021
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 5
This week we travel to Wales to talk to Poetry Wales Editor and amazing poet Jonathan Edwards. He's a Costa Prize winner for his debut collection and more recently he has brought his second collection Gen to rave reviews.  He brings with him a poem called 'In the Green Baize' by Alan Perry. A snooker poem guaranteed to get you potting the black. Come have a listen and a learn
December 22, 2020
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 4
In today's Pickle Jar we are joined by Children's Poet Simon Mole. Simon has shared the bill with Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke and Kate Tempest. He has also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Simon co-founded Chill Pill Collective, curating and hosting popular poetry nights at Soho Theatre and the Albany, and was the first ever Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent. Simon is an experienced facilitator with over 10 years’ experience working with rap and poetry in community and education settings.  Today's episode looks at a wonderful poem by poet Kate Wakeling. Kate Wakeling grew up in Yorkshire and Birmingham. A pamphlet of her poetry, The Rainbow Faults, is published by The Rialto and her first collection of poems for children, Moon Juice (illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa) is published by The Emma Press, won the 2017 CLiPPA Prize and was nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. If you are a primary school teacher looking to use poetry in your classroom, this ONE is for you
December 15, 2020
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 3
In today's Pickle Jar we are joined by the brilliant Hannah Lowe. She is a poet, memoirist and academic. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Her second collection, Chan, is also published by Bloodaxe. Her latest brand new collection is expected out in 2021. She undertook her AHRC-funded PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and now lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University. Hannah is blessing us with a Marie Howe poem called 'What the living do.' You can read the poem here -
December 8, 2020
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 2
Another instalment of the Pickle Jar, this week we are joined by amazing teacher and poet Peter Kahn. Peter Kahn was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009 and 2017. He is a founding member of Malika’s Kitchen and co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam. He has been a school teacher and university lecturer,  as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, he founded the Spoken Word Education Training Programme. Peter holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.  Along with Patricia Smith and Ravi Shankar, Peter edited The Golden Shovel Anthology:  New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Peter wrote and judged the Young Poets Network Golden Shovel challenge in 2019. We look at this absolute blazer by Terrance Hayes called Carp poem. You can check it here : Sound editing by Arji Manuelpillai Music by BpMoore, Cinematiks and Raspberrymusic
December 1, 2020
Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Episode 1
The opening episode of Arji's Poetry Podcast. Each week we bring in some of the world's best poets to discuss the poems they truly love.  Today we're joined by poet Rishi Dastidar.  Rishi's poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientistand the BBC amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and his latest collection Saffron Jack has received rave reviews. Today he brings the brilliant poem 'Lousy with unfuckedness, I dream' by Amy Key.  You can read the poem here -
November 23, 2020