Open reel tape

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/11/3
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      2 pieces: tape on plastic 7" reel, in original plastic EMI case; with loose note.

Scope and Content

Recording of an undated BBC Home Service broadcast, in which RD reads poetry chosen by himself for Christmas Day. With introduction and conclusion by BBC announcer, and readings and introductions to individual poems by RD himself. The readings are as follows: (1) 'Early Carol' (fifteenth-century anonymous poem); (2) 'Christmas Tree' by John Redwood-Anderson; (3) 'Christmas' by John Betjeman; (4) 'The Way Through the Woods' by Rudyard Kipling; (5) 'Ode to a Nightingale' by John Keats; (6) 'Whom the Gods Require: To Winston Spencer Churchill born November 30th 1874' by Charles Morgan; (7) 'I do Believe' by Elizabeth Hilton Young; (8) 'Gus, the Theatre Cat' by T.S. Eliot, preceded by an anecdote about Churchill's cat; (9) 'On the Birth of His Son', a Chinese poem, written c. 1096-1101; (10) 'Dirge for Fidele' from Cymbeline, preceded by a Shakespeare anecdote.

Duration: 31 minutes. Includes loose manuscript note of contents.


Transferred to cassette no. D69. This recording was presumably provided by the BBC, or taped from the radio.