Faber launches poetry podcast

Faber launches poetry podcast

Faber is launching a new poetry podcast, hosted by poets Rachael Allen and Jack Underwood.

The twice-monthly Faber Poetry Podcast, which launched on Thursday (19th April), will bring together "some of the most exciting voices from the world of poetry".

In the first episode, Allen and Underwood discuss talismans, teenage crushes and gateways to poetry with their studio guests Emily Berry and Momtaza Mehri.

Forthcoming guests in series one include Sophie Collins, Emily Critchley, Ishion Hutchinson, Richard Scott and Jane Yeh.

Audio postcards – home-recorded poems – will come from Nuar Alsadir, Vahni Capildeo, Mary Jean Chan, Peter Gizzi and Ocean Vuong, among others.  

Hannah Marshall, arts marketing campaigns manager at Faber and co-producer of the podcast, said: "It’s been thrilling to see this podcast evolve under the curatorial direction of Rachael Allen and Jack Underwood, whose passion for and knowledge of contemporary poetry is evident in the show they have produced. Together, we’re excited to be creating a vibrant  new space for people to encounter and celebrate poetry."

Allen is the poetry editor at Granta magazine, co-editor at the poetry press clinic and of online journal tender. A pamphlet of her poems was published as part of the Faber New Poets scheme, and her first collection will be published by Faber in 2019.

Underwood is a poet who also writes short fiction and non-fiction. A recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, he published his debut pamphlet in 2009 as part of the Faber New Poets scheme. His first collection, Happiness, was published by Faber in 2015 and was winner of the 2016 Somerset Maugham Award. Two pamphlets, Solo for Mascha Voice and Tenuous Rooms, will be published by Test Centre in 2018.

It was recently revealed that Faber is bringing its audio arm in house, having partnered with Canongate for the past five years. It will publish 18 to 20 audio titles a year, with audio editor Catherine Daly overseeing the list. Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page said it was time to "go it alone", adding: "We’ve been looking carefully at our opportunity to connect with readers who are clearly finding the new technologies around listening exciting."