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Podcast – Greg Morse (writer and railway historian)

The second of our two podcasts with a John Betjeman focus, our guest is writer and railway historian Greg Morse.  Topics include Betjeman and Larkin’s relationship with the media, twentieth century architecture and cultural history and, of course, lots of poetry, both Larkin and Betjeman.

Betj and Larkin

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Larkin poems mentioned: Church Going, Whitsun Weddings, High Windows, This Be The Verse, Toads, Essential Beauty, Home is So Sad, High Windows

Betjeman poems mentioned: Executive, A Lincolnshire Church, Death In Leamington, Croydon, Devonshire St W1, Summoned by Bells

A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin (Faber and Faber, 1947)

The Real John Betjeman  (, (Channel 4, 2000) Railways Forever ( 7min documentary released 1970 )

Metroland (BBC, 1973)

Summoned by Bells (1976)

Time with Betjeman ( ) (BBC2, 1983)

Railways Forever!

Monitor: A Poet in London (BBC, 1959)

London’s Historic Railway Stations (John Murray, 1972)

Monitor: Down Cemetery Road (BBC, 1964) (

Samuel West’s poetry readings (  Grayson Perry, Kingsley Amis, Evelyn Waugh, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath

Passport to Pimlico (1949, Ealing Studios)#

The Righteous Jazz by The Mechanicals Band The Righteous Jazz | The Mechanicals Band (

 Betjeman Reading the Victorians by Greg Morse (2012, Sussex Academic Press) John Betjeman : Greg Morse (author) : 9781845195342 : Blackwell’s

Betjeman by Greg Morse (2011, Shire Publications) John Betjeman (Shire Library) Greg Morse: Shire Publications (

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