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Anthony Thwaite on Patrick Garland: 'He was an excellent reader of poetry'


Patrick Garland began as a poet and was an excellent reader of poetry. He published poems in John Lehmann's London Magazine and in one of those annual PEN poetry anthologies while he was still in his teens; and when I was a BBC radio producer in the late 1950s and early 1960s I used him many times as a reader – of new poetry (by WH Auden, Philip Larkin and others) and of new translations of Homer's Odyssey, including one episode translated by Ted Hughes. He not only had a good voice, he was unfailingly sensitive, restrained and sympathetic.

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