Inspired by Listening

Poems and prose all inspired by listening to music.

Since 2008, the Royal Philharmonic Society has commissioned some of the UK’s leading writers from across literature to write pieces inspired by the subject of listening and music. Inspired by Listening saw the RPS and Faber & Faber Press commission fourteen distinguished poets and writers to write new pieces about listening for a reading at the Southbank Centre. You can read and listen to each commission below.

 


'A London Symphony'
by Jo Shapcott

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'Music is flavoured air'
by DBC Pierre

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'Gabriela practising without her hearing aids'
by Sarah Hall

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'On Listening'
by Fiona Sampson
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'Knowing about music'
by Benard O'Donoghue

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'Outcast'
by Jamie McKendrick
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'For the Viola'
by Ruth Padel

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'Lull'
by Chrisopher Reid

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'Bolly'
by Daljit Nagra

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'Hedgebird'
by Matthew Hollis

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'Special Effects'
by Nick Laird

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'Suburb'
by David Harsent

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'The Lark Ascending'
by Maura Dooley

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'The Note Produced'
by Paul Farley

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