Listen to “King Cutler” on BBC Sounds

Ivor Cutler

Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler present offbeat humorous songs, stories and poems.

A succulent batch of poems, songs and stories from Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler.

Listen to the program at: King Cutler – King Cutler II – BBC Sounds

Kae Tempest on ‘The Line Is A Curve’: “It’s about raising your threshold for tolerance”

The artist has shared the single ‘More Pressure’ from upcoming fourth studio album ‘The Line Is A Curve’

By Arusa Qureshi

“‘More Pressure’ is the penultimate song on the album,” Kae Tempest told NME. “It’s the song that the whole album is building towards in some ways, because what it’s saying is that we can reframe some of the stresses that we find ourselves under as possibilities for new growth, new resilience, new acceptance – a new level of energy can come from huge amounts of pressure.

“For me, it’s a song of upliftment, and it’s a switching of focus from some of the more heavy themes that come up in the record. So I thought it was a great song to lead with. Also, it’s just got good vibes.”

Abstract came into the picture via mutual friend and collaborator Rick Rubin, who had played the group Tempest’s 2019 album ‘The Book Of Traps And Lessons’ during a session in his Shangri-La studio in Malibu. When one of the members of Brockhampton contacted Tempest with praise for the record, a connection was quickly forged. Continue reading

Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads ‘Brightening’

Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s reads her poem ‘Brightening’ as part of the 2020 edition of the Coole Park Poetry Series.

A series of filmed poems recorded in Coole Park during DruidGregory in 2020, a collaboration between Druid and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation.

An artistic conversation between the past and present, this poetry series involved poets of different cultural backgrounds living in Ireland, reading both their own work and the work of poets associated with Coole Park, including Lady Gregory, WB Yeats and JM Synge. These readings were filmed in the grounds of Coole Park during performances of DruidGregory.

The poets filmed were Seán Hewitt, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, FeliSpeaks, Evgeny Shtorn and ATMOS Collective. 

Films by Matthew Thompson with music by Gerry Horan. | More info: https://www.druid.ie/productions/cool…

Kelly Macdonald reads “Extinction” by Jackie Kay

Kelly MacDonald

Extinction by Jackie Kay

We closed the borders, folks, we nailed it.

No trees, no plants, no immigrants.

No foreign nurses, no Doctors; we smashed it.

We took control of our affairs. No fresh air.

No birds, no bees, no HIV, no Poles, no pollen.

No pandas, no polar bears, no ice, no dice.

No rainforests, no foraging, no France.

No frogs, no golden toads, no Harlequins.

No Greens, no Brussels, no vegetarians, no lesbians.

No carbon curbed emissions, no Co2 questions.

No lions, no tigers, no bears. No BBC picked audience.

No loony lefties, please. No politically correct classes.

No classes. No Guardian readers. No readers.

No emus, no EUs, no Eco warriors, no Euros,

No rhinos, no zebras, no burnt bras, no elephants.

We shut it down! No immigrants, no immigrants.

No sniveling-recycling-global-warming nutters.

Little man, little woman, the world is a dangerous place.

Now, pour me a pint, dear. Get out of my fracking face.


Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.