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Wordybirds July 1, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 1st Jul '20, 12:30pm

An edition of Radio Free Kinsley, from Jimmy Andrex and Pascha Taylor. Thanks to Jimmy for all his many and varied contributions to Wordybirds.

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Wordybirds July 1, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 1st Jul '20, 11:00am

A poem by young poet Maya Allen from Canterbury about heritage and identity, plus Big Onion, Small Fry, a poem by James Fernie. Thanks to James for contributing so much material!

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Wordybirds June 30, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 30th Jun '20, 12:30pm

The Last True King of England, a short story by Otley writer and sheep farmer Stephanie Shields.

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Wordybirds June 29, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 29th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Peter Spafford introduces the third in his series of 8 Song Portraits of older people in the city. Song Portraits is a project funded by Leeds Inspired.

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Wordybirds June 29, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 29th Jun '20, 11:00am

Harald’s Yard, a story by P.J.Quinn read by our redoubtable reader Pam Hilton. Thanks to Pam for reading over 75 pieces of writing over the lockdown period.

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Wordybirds June 26, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 26th Jun '20, 12:30pm

The Show of a Lifetime, a story by Roz Kendall read by Pam Hilton. Plus Wild, Says Who?, a story from Glasgow by James Fernie.

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Wordybirds June 26, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 26th Jun '20, 11:00am

A poem by Kathleen Strafford, My Cat, followed by This is Our Night by Laura Potts.

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Wordybirds June 25, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 25th Jun '20, 12:30pm

A story by Steve Pease, Drive In Saturday, read by Paul Mckendrick. And a poem about celandines and the sun by Pauline Kirk, read by Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds June 25, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 25th Jun '20, 11:00am

Teresa Neli, Irish poet, reads two poignant poems: I Will Have Wings, and Renewal. Plus Visions Before Midnight by Clive James, read by Jimmy Andrex.

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Wordybirds June 24 – Part 2

Wed 24th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Irish poet Teresa Neli reads three tender poems: Sonnet for Chris, Duet, and Elements of Love.

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Wordybirds June 24 – Part 1

Wed 24th Jun '20, 11:00am

Two poems by Pauline Kirk read by Pam Hilton: Brief Magic and Bindweed, followed by Dangling Delights, a story by Stephanie Shields.

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Wordybirds June 23 – Part 2

Tue 23rd Jun '20, 12:30pm

Peter Spafford introduces the second in his series of Song Portraits of older people in Leeds during lockdown: Happy Disposition.

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Wordybirds June 23, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 23rd Jun '20, 11:00am

A touching and reflective piece from Jimmy Andrex, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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Wordybirds June 22, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 22nd Jun '20, 12:30pm

The Colleague Who Came to Stay, a story by Linda Casper read by Pam Hilton, and The Old School by Pauline Kirk, also read by Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds June 22, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 22nd Jun '20, 11:00am

On Lady Lane, a story by Steph Shields; plus the first in a series of true stories titled Finchy, Tink, Skinner and Bub by Tony Abbott from a Yorkshire pit village in the 1950’s.

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Wordybirds June 19, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 19th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Two poems from James Fernie, his own A Day in the Life of Kirkstall Abbey, followed by one from Billy Collins, Bar Time.

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Wordybirds June 19, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 19th Jun '20, 11:00am

Milner House, a poem by Alison Faye; Shed, a story by Pam Line; and Dead Cert, a story by Roz Kendall.

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Wordybirds June 18, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 18th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Pam Hilton reads Overboard, a story by regular Deli contributor, Ann Clarke.

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Wordybirds June 18, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 18th Jun '20, 11:00am

Kathleen Strafford, with a tribute to the poet Shelley and his wife Mary, plus a poem by Laura Potts, Sweet Autumn.

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Wordybirds June 17, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 17th Jun '20, 12:30pm

A tune from Owen Spafford on his merry fiddle, followed by an excerpt from the book, Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman, read by its greatest admirer, Jimmy Andrex.

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Wordybirds June 17, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 17th Jun '20, 11:00am

Etcetera, short fiction by Pauline Kirk, read by our reader in chief, Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds June 16, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 16th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Peter Spafford with the first of a series of Song Portraits: an introduction to the project and the song itself, Exuberant Personality.

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Wordybirds June 16, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 16th Jun '20, 11:00am

Two stories from Found Fiction read by Sophie Jane: Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Emma Storr, and Maybe Its Me by Katie Lodge.

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Wordybirds June 15, 2020

Mon 15th Jun '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex and Pascha Taylor storm back with Episode 8 of Radio Free Kinsley.

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Wordybirds June 12, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 12th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Jimmy Andrex reads Number 10 in the series 52 Most Depressing Songs by Tom Reynolds. This one features Loretta Lynn on prison.

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Wordybirds June 12, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 12th Jun '20, 11:00am

Part 3 of Alison Deering’s story about the 89 year old Milly under lockdown.

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Wordybirds June 11, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 11th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Part 2 of The Rocking Horse, a story by Martin Thomasson.

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Wordybirds June 11, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 11th Jun '20, 11:00am

Kathleen Strafford with a poem, Amelia and Archie, followed by Part 2 of Alison Deering’s story about the redoubtable Milly.

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Wordybirds June 10, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 10th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Kathleen Strafford with a poem, In The Photo; and Alison Deering with Part 1 of a moving story about age and resistance centring on the character of Millie.

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Wordybirds June 10, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 10th Jun '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex reads Part 1 of Vox Pop, his witty and engaging history of 1970’s popular poetry.

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Wordybirds June 9, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 9th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Night Shift, a spooky tale from Ann Clarke, read by Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds June 9, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 9th Jun '20, 11:00am

Lawn Sun, a poem by Otley poet Barsa Ray, plus an original poem by Keith Fenton, and Part 1 of Rocking Horse by Lancashire writer Martin Thomasson.

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Wordybirds June 8, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 8th Jun '20, 12:30pm

A poem, Elderberry Wine, by Pauline Kirk and read by Pam Hilton, followed by a story from East Leeds FM storyteller Vickie Orton.

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Wordybirds June 8, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 8th Jun '20, 11:00am

Two stories from innovative literature organisation Found Fiction: Inside Out by Grace, and Simulacra by Nicky Renee, read by Devon Johnson.

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Wordybirds June 5, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 5th Jun '20, 12:00pm

Rachael Unsworth reads from Aldo Leopold’s vivid nature writing.

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Wordybirds June 5, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 5th Jun '20, 11:00am

Rachael Unsworth, from Leeds City Walking Tours, reads John Clare’s eloquent and moving poem, The Nightingale’s Nest.

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Wordybirds June 4, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 4th Jun '20, 12:30pm

Paul McKendrick, of music fame, turns his hand to the pen with Pooh Has a Spot of Bother, a wry modern take on the classic A.A.Milne.

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Wordybirds June 4, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 4th Jun '20, 11:00am

Nicky Bray gives us a song, Too Many Chords. And a short fiction from Neville Judson, Little Angels.

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Wordybirds June 3, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 3rd Jun '20, 12:00pm

James Fernie reads the poignant poem, The First Dream, by Billy Collins. And Pam Hilton reads two poems, Cripplesyke and Bronte Bridge, by York poet, Pauline Kirk.

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Wordybirds June 3, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 3rd Jun '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex gives us a take on the poet Pam Ayres in his series Vox Pop about poets of the Seventies.

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Wordbybirds June 2, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 2nd Jun '20, 12:30pm

Rachael Unsworth from Leeds City Walking Tours reads a favourite extract from the writings of Aldo Leopold, the great environmental author, about Canada Geese.

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Wordybirds June 2, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 2nd Jun '20, 11:00am

Pearls of Wisdom, a story by Roz Kendall, and Continuity, a poem by Pauline Kirk read by our reader-in-chief Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds June 1, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 1st Jun '20, 12:00pm

Short stories by Steve Clarkson and Tom Sharpe from the fabulous Leeds writing project Found Fiction, read by Calum Shikel.

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Wordybirds June 30, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 1st Jun '20, 11:00am

Rachael Unsworth reads To a Skylark by PB Shelley, and Irene Lofthouse returns with Gabriel.

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Wordybirds June 1, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 1st Jun '20, 11:00am

Raining in Morecambe, a poem from Chris Deering, and Little Read Riding Hood by Neville Judson, read by Irene Lofthouse.

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Wordybirds May 29, 2020

Fri 29th May '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex reads The End, from The 52 Most Depressing Songs Ever by Tom Reynolds.

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Wordybirds May 28, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 28th May '20, 12:30pm

Deli contributor Keith Fenton reads Sovereign, another well-loved monologue by Marriott Edgar.

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Wordybirds May 28, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 28th May '20, 11:00am

Stories and poetry by three talented young writers from The Writing Squad, compiled by Charlotte Carrick.

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Wordybirds May 27, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 27th May '20, 12:30pm

James Fernie reads Purity by his favourite American poet, Billy Collins.

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Wordybirds May 27, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 27th May '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex reads Artificial Flowers, from The 52 Most Depressing Songs Ever by Tom Reynolds.

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Wordybirds May 26, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 26th May '20, 12:30pm

A poem, Watchman, by the Wakefield poet and presenter of ELFM’s Poetry Nook, Laura Potts, and a tune from Owen Spafford on the fiddle.

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Wordybirds May 26, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 25th May '20, 11:00am

Three poems from Pauline Kirk: Her Youth, Hot Night in Burley Road, and Metamorphosis, read by Pam Hilton. And a story, Jonathan Jo, by Stephanie Shields.

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Wordybirds May 21, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 21st May '20, 12:30pm

Two poems, Free Offer and Hats, by Pauline Kirk read by Pam Hilton, followed by a Marriot Edgar monologue, Goalkeeper Joe, read by Keith Fenton.

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Wordybirds May 21, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 21st May '20, 11:00am

A poem for our times from James Fernie, Bag Lady Blues, and a merry tune from Owen on his fiddle.

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Wordybirds May 20, 2020

Wed 20th May '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex and Pascha Taylor present another monumental instalment of essential crisis listening, Radio Free Kinsley.

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Wordybirds May 19, 2020

Tue 19th May '20, 12:30pm

Martin Thomasson, Bolton playwright, reads How Auntie Nora Helped Uncle Ben Win The War. And Pam Hilton reads her poem, Not Cleaning Windows, a lockdown classic!

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Wordybirds May 19, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 19th May '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex returns with another extract from The 52 Most Depressing Songs Ever by Tom Reynolds. This time it’s Total Eclipse of The Heart….

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Wordybirds May 18, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 18th May '20, 12:30pm

Chris Deering with a poem, Archives, about old photographs and family ties, plus From Caitlin, a poem from Wakefield poet Laura Potts.

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Wordybirds May 18, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 18th May '20, 11:00am

Martin Thomasson, Bolton playwright, reads the first in a series of reminisences, The Lost Art of Conducting Buses. Plus a short story, The Surprise, from Linda Casper.

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Wordybirds May 15, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 15th May '20, 12:30pm

A moving poem about loss in the time of corona, by young Sheffield writer Grace Darbs.

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Wordybirds May 15, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 15th May '20, 11:00am

An extract from the novel Snow by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk read by James Fernie, and a tune from merry fiddler Owen Spafford.

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Wordybirds May 14, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 14th May '20, 12:30pm

A short story about waking up one morning as the American President: The Red Button, by Kirklees writer Chris Deering.

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Wordybirds May 14, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 14th May '20, 11:00am

Wildebeest, a new song by Hugh Nankivell in his series about imaginary walks with his friend Rick set in corona crisis Torquay. Plus a poem by Pauline Kirk, read by Pam Hilton.

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Wordybirds May 13, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 13th May '20, 12:30pm

North Face of Soho, an extract from the autobiographical writing of Clive James read by his greatest fan Jimmy Andrex.

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Wordybirds May 13, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 13th May '20, 11:00am

If Yorkshire writer Emily Bronte was alive today, we would have featured her on ELFM - but here's a poem Ann Clarke, inspired by Wuthering Heights and then a story by Emma Storr.

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Wordybirds May 12, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 12th May '20, 12:30pm

Crossing The Beck, a story by Pauline Kirk and read by ELFM Reader in Residence, Pam Hilton. And a story, Lover and Lass, from first time Wordybirds contributor, Stephanie Shields.

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Wordybirds May 12, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 12th May '20, 11:00am

A poem, Tippo The Time Lord, by York-resident poet and novelist Pauline Kirk. Plus another touching memory story, My Name isn’t Allan Clarke, from Jimmy Andrex.

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Wordybirds May 11, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 11th May '20, 12:30pm

A Ramsbottom Family monologue: The Battle of Hastings, read by Keith Fenton, with a poem called Swansea Son by young Wakefield bard, Laura Potts.

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Wordybirds May 11, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 11th May '20, 11:00am

From Hugh Nankivell: A Song for Mary, or Musical Hug, a musical hug for us all to send to people we are not currently able to hug in person. Plus a poem from Irene Lofthouse.

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Wordybirds May 8, 2020

Fri 8th May '20, 11:00am

Part 4 of Radio Free Kinsley with Joyce Grenfell in an update of the teacher sketch presented by regular and much-prized East Leeds FM writers, Jimmy Andrex and Pascha Taylor.

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Wordybirds May 7, 2020 – Part 2

Thu 7th May '20, 12:30pm

A poem, Photographs, by Laura Potts and a song from Hugh Nankivell, Rick and The Lion, the latest in his series about imaginary walks in South Devon with his friend Rick.

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Wordybirds May 7, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 7th May '20, 11:00am

Pam Hilton reads a wry story by first time Wordybirds contributor Joyce M. King about the underside of life in a residential home.

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Wordybirds May 6, 2020 – Part 2

Wed 6th May '20, 12:00pm

Pam Hilton reads a story by regular Deli contributor Linda Casper, A Close Shave, plus a tune on the fiddle from seventeen year old Owen Spafford.

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Wordybirds May 6, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 6th May '20, 10:30am

If you know Albert And The Lion, you will love Keith Fenton reading a Ramsbottom Family monologue, Asparagus. Plus an enchanting story from ELFM resident storyteller Vickie Orton.

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Wordybirds May 5, 2020

Tue 5th May '20, 11:00am

Another fairy tale updated to the twenty first century by Geoff Reiss, Aladdin, read by Owain Shaw.

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Wordybirds May 4, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 4th May '20, 12:30pm

James Fernie gives us an elegy about unwelcome change in his East Leeds neighbourhood, The Sounds of Progress, and a poem by Irene Lofthouse.

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Wordybirds May 4, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 4th May '20, 11:00am

The latest song, Camels, from Hugh Nankivell in his imaginary ‘walks with Rick’ sequence, and a lyrical spring poem, Cherry Blossom, from Ilkley poet J.Y.Saville.

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Wordybirds April 24, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 24th Apr '20, 12:00pm

Radio Free Kinsley is back with more breaking, broken and breakable news presented by Pascha Taylor and Jimmy Andrex.

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Wordybirds April 24, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 24th Apr '20, 11:00am

Another instalment in Hugh Nankivell's series of songs about imaginary walks (this time going to spot a cheetah disguised as a rhinoceros) and a story "The Tree" by Irene Lofthouse

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Thu 23rd Apr '20, 12:00pm

Wakefield poet Laura Potts gives us a poem, Morning on the Water, and songwriter Nicky Bray sings a life-affirming song, Live and Learn.

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Wordybirds April 23, 2020 – Part 1

Thu 23rd Apr '20, 10:30am

A story by Emma Storr about going on her first bird-watching expedition, followed by the latest poem in her Leeds series by Julia Deakin.

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Wordybirds April 22, 2020

Wed 22nd Apr '20, 12:00pm

A witty and observant story, From Whitby to Wonderland, by Brian Williams of Holmfirth.

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Wordybirds April 22, 2020 – Part 1

Wed 22nd Apr '20, 10:30am

Doug Sandle, poet and expert on visual puzzles, reads another touching tale about his childhood involving Leeds-born female bandleader Ivy Benson.

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Wordybirds April 21, 2020 – Part 2

Tue 21st Apr '20, 12:00pm

Songwriter Hugh Nankivell sings a brand new ditty about an imaginary walk in Devon with his friend Rick and James Fernie reads a poignant story, Romance is All at Sea.

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Wordybirds April 21, 2020 – Part 1

Tue 21st Apr '20, 10:30am

Doug Sandle, poet and expert on the psychology of vision, reads a touching reminiscence about his father.

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Wordybirds April 20, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 20th Apr '20, 12:00pm

Emma Storr reads a selection of her animal poems and Hugh Nankivell sings the latest song in his series about imaginary walks in locked down Torquay: Silverbacks.

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Wordybirds April 20, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 20th Apr '20, 10:30am

Writer and actor Irene Lofthouse reads an eerie story of her own, Cat and Mouse.

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Wordybirds April 17, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 17th Apr '20, 12:00pm

A new feature, Radio Free Kinsley, created by Pascha Taylor and Jimmy Andrex featuring very local and loco news updates.

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Wordybirds April 17, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 17th Apr '20, 11:00am

Laura Potts reads a story "The Bramble Lands" followed by a song by Hugh Nankivell about an imaginary walk and a poem by Helen Burke.

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Wordybirds April 13, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 13th Apr '20, 11:30am

Featuring a tale about a song gone viral by Jimmy Andrex, a poem about "world famous statue" (The Brick Man) that was never built by Julia Deakin and a cat story by Monica Dickson.

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Wordybirds April 13, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 13th Apr '20, 10:30am

Jimmy Andrex reads a story by Ian McMillan, Pam Hilton shares a radio-inspired poem by Wendy Cope, a poem about birth by Gill Lambert and a fiddle tune by Owen Spafford.

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Wordybirds April 6, 2020 – Part 2

Mon 6th Apr '20, 11:00am

Pam Hilton reads a poem by Roger McGough, a poem set to music by Nick Toczek and James Fernie reads a tale "My Brother's Keeper."

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Wordybirds April 6, 2020 – Part 1

Mon 6th Apr '20, 10:00am

The story "In the Picture" by Ian McMillan and James Fernie reads a tale about his childhood in Glasgow "Cornerstones."

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Wordybirds March 27, 2020 – Part 2

Fri 27th Mar '20, 11:00am

Jimmy Andrex's latest instalment of "52 Most Depressing Songs" with Send in the Clowns and an Irish fiddle tune by Owen Spafford.

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Wordybirds March 27, 2020 – Part 1

Fri 27th Mar '20, 10:00am

A poem by Roger McGough, the story "Excluded" by Ian McMillan and a poem by Wendy Cope.