Skip to content

George Barker: The Spoken Word (audio CD)

Published Date:
British Library Publishing
Bibliographic Details:
One CD with booklet including introductory essay, Running time 72 minutes
Was £10.00
Now £7.00
Free UK P&P for orders over £15

While Stocks Last

T.S. Eliot described George Barker as a genius, and W.B. Yeats compared his rhythmic invention to that of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Drawing primarily on previously unpublished BBC broadcasts spanning the years 1952 to 1982, this CD presents Barker performing some of his best-known poems. The set begins with The True Confession - the broadcast of which was controversial enough to provoke comment in the House of Lords - and includes several moving memorials to dead friends and fellow poets, his early mentor Eliot among them. The set climaxes with an extract from a live recording made by the British Library in 1983. Clearly in a rumbustious mood, Barker starts and abandons a series of his early poems before delivering an electrifying reading of his elegy 'At the Wake of Dylan Thomas'.

Listen to a sample track using Windows Media Player:
George Barker reads his poem 'A Sparrow's Feather', broadcast in 1966

`a CD compilation... well worth having... The excellent notes to this are contributed by Robert Fraser.` Richard Warren (

Track listing
1. Introducing and reading passages from his poem `The True Confession`
2. To My Son
3. A Sparrow's Feather
4. Elegiacs for T.S. Eliot
5. Funeral Eulogy for Robert Colquhoun
6. Elegy
7. Summer Song
8. News of the World I
News of the World II (reading abandoned with imprecations)
News of the World III (reading abandoned with imprecations)
Consolatory Verses for the Middle Years (reading abandoned with imprecations)
9. At the Wake of Dylan Thomas

Write a review of this product
Sign up for our e-newsletters