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The Line Break - Paula Meehan: People Make The Songs

In the latest Line Break podcast, Paula Meehan speaks about her Catholic upbringing, and the role of private speech in the public domain.

The Line Break - Ouyang Yu: Creative Mistakes

In the latest Line Break podcast, Ryan and Australian poet Ouyang Yu discuss language barriers, mis-prints and the importance of making 'creative mistakes'. Plus, more poetry sparks!

The Line Break: Jane Hirshfield

In the latest Line Break podcast, Jane Hirshfield talks about why 'how happy we are, how unhappy we are, doesn't matter', while Ryan Van Winkle offers some more 'poetry sparks' to nourish your own ideas.

The Line Break: Mark Doty

The Line Break podcasts offers writing exercises and the chance to hear Mark Doty, poet and author of Deep Lane, recently nominated for the T S Eliot Prize.

The Line Break: Caroline Bird - Punched in the Dark

This month on The Line Break podcast, Ryan Van Winkle talks to Caroline Bird about how poetry finds truth in a world of ‘no facts’ and ‘not saying’. Plus, more poetry sparks from Ryan!

The Line Break: Alvin Pang - One More Ghost

This month on The Line Break podcast, Ryan Van Winkle talks to the Singapore-born poet, editor and translator - Alvin Pang - about multiculturalism and poetry as a force of resistance. Plus ideas for writing exercises.

The Line Break: Hilary Menos - Carrying Language

This month's guest is Hilary Menos, farmer, poet and winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. In this podcast that mixes an interview and writing exercises, Hilary shares some of the crowdpleasing 'bankers' from her poetry set, writing poems in a slaughterhouse, and host Ryan Van Winkle grills Hilary on her Superman knowledge. Plus - more sparks from Ryan.

The Line Break: Mary Ruefle - Get Lost

In the latest Line Break podcast, Mary Ruefle talks about finding the joy in the solitary act of writing poetry. And there’s more poetry sparks for you to try out, re-working found text with Tippex, and getting lost in language.

The Line Break: Kwame Dawes - This is Our Heart

This month on The Line Break, Ryan re-visits an interview with poet and journalist Kwame Dawes and discusses the challenges of writing poetry about often painful world events.

The Line Break: Phillip Gross

The Poetry School and SPL welcomes you to a new poetry podcast. Host Ryan Van Winkle re-visits his 2013 Scottish Poetry Library podcast interview with TS Eliot-prize winner, Philip Gross, ranging across making up names for colours, comparing the similarities of poetry and making scones, and asking what happens in the thought vortex of ‘What if? And then?’

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