1 Sep 2007 -

2007 marked one hundred years since WH Auden’s birth, a moment to honour his work and its impact. When given the chance to read an Auden poem, numerous authors of crime, history, plays, fiction, humour and human rights were keen to read a favourite, not surprising when so many of his poems like ‘Refugee Blues’ or ‘September 1 1939’ are still profoundly relevant today. The readers presented the full range of Auden’s work—love poetry, social comment, light-hearted verse, and historic record. They read from the balcony, the body of the auditorium and the aisles; and finally assembled on stage for a collective reading of the epic ‘Spain’.

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