23 May 2009

I must go down to the sea again...

Came home from eating pizza last night and stumbled upon a fantastic programme, Off by Heart on BBC 2. If you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer, do so... The show charts Britain’s first national poetry recitation contest, following the 12 finalists. They are kids from all over the UK, of all different backgrounds, all between seven and 11 years old. By the middle of the show we were chanting the poems right along with them.... They had to do "Sea Fever" (first line above) by John Masefield, plus another poem of their choice. Many chose Roald Dahl's "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf", but two did cats from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (first edition cover image, left). Positively inspirational.


  1. I do love the Book of Practical Cats, especially The Naming of Cats -

    His ineffable effable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

  2. The words are fabulous aren't they? Jellicle cat, Gumbie cat... And so true in terms of cat nature!