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“The poet and dramatist Michael Symmons Roberts is an outstanding writer, whom radio has done much to nurture.”

Sunday Times – Paul Donovan



DRAMA includes...

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - ‘Brimstone’ - for 'Afternoon Play' - 2000

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'Cleaning the Pipes' - for 'Fact to Fiction' - 2006

BBC Radio 3 commissioned drama - 'Soldiers in the Sun' -  2007

[WINNER OF CLARION AWARD, SHORTLISTED FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARD]

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'Worktown' - for 'Afternoon Play' - 2008

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'Breath'- adaptation of MSR's novel for 'Friday Play' - 2008

BBC Radio 3 commissioned drama - 'Idylls of the King' - adaptation of Tennyson poem - 2009

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'A Man in Pieces' - for 'Afternoon Play' - 2010

BBC Radio 3 commissioned drama - 'Migrant Mother' - for 'Drama on 3' - 2010

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'Crimes of Mancunia' - for 'Afternoon Drama' - 2011

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'Songs and Lamentations' - for 'Classic Serial' - 2012

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'The Sleeper' - for 'Saturday Play' - 2013

BBC Radio 4 commissioned drama - 'The Flea' - for 'Afternoon Drama' - 2013

 

POEMS include...

2002: Radio 4 commission – ‘Last Words’ – poem to mark 1st Anniversary of 9/11, performed by Sir Antony Sher, with music by John Harle.

2000 : Radio 4 / World Service commissioned poem for Hiroshima Day - ‘A Fearful Symmetry.’ Performed by actress Fiona Shaw and tenor Robert Tear, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing music by James Whitbourn.

[WINNER OF PREMIER SANDFORD ST MARTIN BROADCASTING AWARD]

2000 : Radio 2 commission - ‘Behold the Man’ - 6 part biography of Jesus. Performed by Derek Jacobi, repeated on BBC World Service.

2001 : Radio 4 commission - ‘The Wounds’ – poem for Good Friday, performed by Simon Russell-Beale, with music by James Whitbourn.

2002 : Radio 4 commission – ‘The Hurricane’ – poem for Pentecost, performed by Fiona Shaw, with music by James Whitbourn.

2004: Radio 4 commissioned poem – ‘Crossing the Dark Sea’ in collaboration with composer James Whitbourn, to mark D-Day anniversary. Performed by Christopher Eccleston and Katherine Jenkins.

 2003: Radio 4 commissioned poem - 'White Nights'

2003: Radio 4 commissioned poem for 'Today' programme on National Poetry Day.

Plus commissioned poems for Radio 3's 'The Verb' including...

2013: Miss Molasses - to mark the move of 'The Verb' to Salford.

 

FEATURES include...

1999 : Radio 2 commission - ‘Anno Domini’ - 11 part history of Christianity in Britain, performed by Derek Jacobi.

2002 : Radio 4 commission – ‘A Higher Place’ – writer and presenter of series on Sacred Mountains of the world.

2002: Radio 2 commission – writer and presenter of ‘Landscape of Remembrance’, on the poets of the First World War.

2002: Radio 4 commission – ‘Keeping the Feast’

2003: Radio 4 commission – ‘Hound of Heaven’ – on the Victorian poet Francis Thompson.

[CELTIC FILM FESTIVAL AWARD - SHORTLIST]

2003: Radio 2 commission – ‘The Good Book’ – 6 part series on the Bible. Winner of the Premier Award at the Jerusalem Trust Awards 2004.

2003: Radio 4 commission – ‘The Chair’ – on Welsh poetry.

2003: Writer & presenter of ‘The Cross’ – documentary on Radio 4.

2004: Writer of Radio 2 six part series ‘Sacred Nation’ - a history of multi-faith Britain, presented by Christopher Eccleston

2008: Writer and presenter of 'Elegy' - feature about the history and meaning of the poetic elegy.

2009: Writer and presenter of 'Utopian Pessimist' - feature about Simone Weil.

2013: LS Lowry - writer and presenter of feature on Tate retrospective for Radio 4.

 



 
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