The Reader Podcast

Episode Five: The Languages We Know This Landscape By

June 2, 2021

The title of this episode comes from a poem by award-winning poet, short-story writer, essayist and novelist Kei Miller. Kei was The Reader’s guest at an online event earlier this year to celebrate Sefton’s year as Liverpool’s Borough of Culture, when he read poems from his 2014 collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, and spoke about the inspiration for this collection and his wide-ranging work. You can hear part of the recording of that event in this episode, as well as listening to Erin from The Reader sharing another ‘tried and tested’ poem, ‘Interludes’ by Debjani Chatterjee. Both Kei Miller’s poems and ‘Interludes’ are included on The Reader’s ‘Walking the Earth’ Bookshelf and they allow us to explore ideas of how we use language and poetry to understand landscapes both around and within us. 


The Reader Bookshelf 


The Reader magazine, Issue 71 – featuring an interview with Dr Iona Heath 


Kei Miller’s author page on the Carcanet Press website 


Kei Miller’s new essay collection, Things I Have Withheld, at 


Debjani Chatterjee’s author page on the Royal Literary Fund website 


‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson 


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