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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.

Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar Arji Manuelpillai

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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.

    Pickle Jar Special - Improvised Explosive Device

    Pickle Jar Special - Improvised Explosive Device

    As part of the research for my new book I interviewed a number of people affected by radicalisation, extremism and violence. These interviews were so interesting and fruitful. I'm very proud of my book and all journey of how it came into being. So I decided to put together a podcast episode to help unpack some of the poems and the process. 

    Please purchase the books here - https://tinylink.net/W8XYc

    Please Note - In this episode I refer to an 'ethnological approach' - that should be 'ethnographic approach'. I'm always learning these terms and trying to grow.

    Special thanks to Nicola Benyahia, Ivan Humble and Hilary Pilkington for all their love, support and kindness.

    • 22 min
    Pickle Jar Special - Wayne Holloway-Smith's Living room Series

    Pickle Jar Special - Wayne Holloway-Smith's Living room Series

    A special today recorded live at Wayne Holloway-Smith's house. Three wonderful poets share new work many of which have never been heard before! Presenting the brilliant Will Harris, known for his brilliant book Rendang. Also, the great Richard Scott who's published with Faber his book Soho was a game changer. And finally, Lucy Mercer whose debut book Emblem is something to behold. All of these great poets here to entertain you for 15 brilliant minutes.

    Will Harris - https://willjharris.com/poems

    Richard Scott - http://richardscott.info/poetry.html

    Lucy Mercer - https://lucy-mercer.com/writing

    • 19 min
    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 30 - Clare Pollard

    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 30 - Clare Pollard

    The final episode of this series features the wonderful Clare Pollard. She's a poet with more than 6 books under her belt, she's a novelist, she's a critic, she has judged more competitions that I could count and she is an immensely lovely person. Such a pleasure to share this with you all.



    Today Clare brings in the powerhouse Anne Sexton with a poem called The Truth the Dead Know. You can read the poem here.

    • 17 min
    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 29 - Deryn Rees-Jones

    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 29 - Deryn Rees-Jones

    Another instalment this time with a poet so bloody brilliant it feels almost pointless to give her an introduction. She  was named as one of Mslexia’s ‘top ten’ women poets of the decade, as well as being chosen as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets. Her book ‘Burying the Wren’ was published in 2012; it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and a Times Literary Supplement book of the year.

    She has such a wealth of knowledge, I can honestly say I learnt a lot in this session!

    Today we talk about Wild Iris by Louise Gluck. 



    Enjoy.

    • 18 min
    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 28 - John McCullough

    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep 28 - John McCullough

    This week we are joined by award-winning poet John McCullough whose poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Poetry London and Best British Poetry. His first collection The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) won the Polari First Book Prize and was Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School. His last collection Reckless Paper Birds was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Finally he has his new collection called Panic Response out with Penned in the Margins.

    Today he gives us a poem by the brilliant Caroline Bird. We talk space, pauses and line-breaks in this fearless breakdown of an absolute belter.

    • 15 min
    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep27 - Paula Harris

    Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar - Ep27 - Paula Harris

    Managed to take a trip across the sea to New Zealand where I'm joined by the delightful Paula Harris. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including Passages North, Barren, New Ohio Review, SWWIM, Glass, Diode, The Spinoff, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook and Aotearotica. Her essays have been published in The Sun, Passages North, Hobart, The Spinoff and Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press). Today we are looking at a poem by Hannah Mettner called : Schrödinger's pink corduroy miniskirt

    • 17 min

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Just lovely

If you are in any way scratching the itch of poetry then you don’t need a reason to listen to Arji and his guests, just start listening. It’ll reward you for your efforts from the start.

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