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classic / The Saltpetre Radio Show

classic / The Saltpetre Radio Show

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Saltpetre / Peter Coyte / Salena Godden, Nick Constance , Roxanne Escobales, Paul Birtill, Joseph Rye and more.

Recorded in the late 1990’s this was the first ever Saltpetre Radio Show. We had ambitions to make a series of CD’s & I recall trawling bookshops & record-stores begging them to stock this. It was impossible, stockists & distributors not knowing whether this was ‘talking books’ or where we belonged. Instead we made radio shows at Resonance FM & also BBC GLR, now BBC LDN. Most of these poets have gone from strength to strength, publishing acclaimed collections & winning prizes. Listening to this I sense time passing & am saddened to realise that in just the last 12 months we lost Joe Ross, Fran Landesman and Cheryl B - which makes those clips more poignant than ever. Saltpetre was the early template for The Book Club Boutique, hosting boozy spoken-word events in Soho or Filthy McNasty’s & the old Borders Bookshop on Oxford Street. Listen out for guest pop-ups by Jonathan Ross, Keith Allen, Louis Theroux, Arthur Smith, Tom Hodgkinson, Meg Lee Chin & Labi Siffre - Keep It Burning!