Posted on 19/05/2013
In August 2012, Dr Jennifer Neville contributed to a discussion on The Seafarer, hosted by Simon Armitage on BBC Radio 4.
It's hard to be sure how Anglo-Saxon poets would have worked, but in this programme, Simon Armitage spoke to Professor North and Eric Lacey of University College London, Dr Jennifer Neville of Royal Holloway, and writer Kevin Crossley-Holland, to find out what we know of the poets of this period.
The Seafarer is one of the oldest poems in the English language, yet it still has power over our imaginations. In this discussion, Simon Armitage immerses himself in its watery landscape to discover why it still holds us in its grip.
This programme also featured a new translation of The Seafarer by Amy Kate Riach, dramatically rendered by the actor Kenneth Cranham. Accompanied by sound effects and music from Riach's installation of The Seafarer, the poem was delivered orally just as it would have been by the poet (or poets) who first fashioned it.
+ Read more details of the programme at the BBC website