Insects and Language

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Ian Mcmillan, Will Burns, Hannah Peel, Rob Drummond, Richard Jones, Michael Schmidt

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Ian McMillan and guests explore writing about insects and insect-language – including the way insect aliens are depicted in science fiction. Will Burns and Hannah Peel celebrate moths in a new sound commission, poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett shares work-in-progress, linguist Rob Drummond explores Ursula Le Guin and Doctor Who, entomologist Richard Jones explains why he is happy to call himself 'Bugman', and editor Michael Schmidt celebrates the Australian poet Les Murray.

Elizabeth-Jane reads a brand new poem from her work-in-progress ‘Of Sea’, which is inspired by the invertebrates of Dawlish, Devon, where she grew up. Elizabeth’s poem ‘Ground Beetle’ uses insect-like sounds and began with a real-life encounter with a ground beetle. Elizabeth listened closely to the beetle before considering how she might inhabit and represent its specific sound-world on the page. Elizabeth’s latest book is a poetic memoir of the soil called ‘The Grassling’ (Allen Lane).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBBC Radio 3
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2019


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