Poetry and Economics

In among a fantastic piece of programming by the BBC this morning, was a reading of a wonderful reflection on the economic crisis of the last couple of years.

The poem, by Catherine Brogan, can be heard here (beginning at 2.40.40), or seen on YouTube here. We thought we were rich but were just digging this ditch.

The initiative by the BBC to invite a range of people to edit the Today programme has demonstrated how innovative and inventive arts-led programming can be – with PD James’s grilling interview with Mark Thompson getting most publicity, and with today’s programme by Robert Wyatt highlighting the way in which the arts can provide alternative reflections on social and economic issues.

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