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Guardian Books podcast: Pete Townshend, Neil Young and poetry books

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In the week that National Poetry Day adopted stars as its motif, we look at the stars of the poetry and music worlds.

The week began with Jorie Graham becoming the first American woman to win the prestigious Forward prize for the year's best collection. Nicholas Wroe talks to her about her winning collection, PLACE, and investigates the claim that the Pulitzer prize-winner is the finest female poet the US has produced in the post-war years.

Then we turn our attention to poetry for young people. As a top-selling app is republished as a hardback book we discuss with its two creators, Allie Esiri and Rachel Kelly, how the anthology iF came into being on their kitchen tables, and how they lured top actors to read for it. We're also treated to two of them, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston, reading work by Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear and Andrew Marvell.

Plus the Guardian's music editor, Caspar Llewellyn Smith, joins us to cast an eye over a Super Thursday bonanza stuffed full with memoirs of old rockers, including Neil Young and former Faber editor Pete Townshend.

Reading list

iF edited by Allie Esiri, Rachel Kelly and Natasha Law (Canongate)
PLACE by Jorie Graham (Bloodaxe)
Who I Am by Pete Townshend (HarperCollins)
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young (Viking)



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