I’ve been listening to Marc Riley on the radio on and off since I was about eleven. I first started listening when he was paired with Mark Radcliffe (now of the Culture Show) when they were known as Mark and Lard. Even back in the early nighties Mark and Lard were championing contemporary poetry, various small preses and would sometimes even have poets on to read. What may come as more of a suprise is that they were on Radio 1, and I imagine it was only becuase they were on very late at night that they got away with it
Marc (aka Lard) now has a show on BBC 6 Music , the radio station for “cool” people over 25. While listening last night I was delighted to hear that this week he is interspersing his show with recordings of Ivor Cutler reading. It is great to hear that Marc is still championing poetry, and expanding it’s audinces by placing in a truely contemporary setting. Well done that man.