Rhymes of the Times

Here is a selection of my poems on current affairs – my Rhymes of the Times.

June 2017

Austerity for Dummies (June 2107 edition)

On the occasion of the Tories entering into a £1.5 billion deal with the DUP to prop up their government.

June 2016

December 2012
My round-up of the year’s events.

December 2011
My round-up of the year’s events.
February 2011
Pakistani cricketers are found guilty of spot fixing, and Japanese sumo wrestlers are embroiled in controversy too. (This recording is from a live Rhymes of the Times show.)
Listen to my poem, ‘Sports Thoughts’

December 2010
Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 commission me to write a poem looking ahead to 2011.
Listen to my poem (start at minute 14.20)

October 2010
To coincide with a UN biodiversity conference taking place in Japan, the BBC World Service’s environment programme One Planet commissioned a poem from me about the wildlife in my city.
Listen to my poem

March 2010
To mark World Poetry Day on 21 March, the Radio 2 Arts Show commissioned a poem from me. It’s called ‘And the winner is …’
Read my poem
Listen to my poem (mp3)

October 2009
The Bigger Picture’ 
The opening poem in ‘Another Fine Mess …’, my poetry show about the credit crunch that I performed at the The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence in London, organised by the New Economics Foundation (nef).
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June 2009
TheyGov‘, a poem about MPs’ expenses being published.

May 2009
Last Orders’, a poem about MPs and their expenses, performed at a ‘Rhymes of the Times’ show (and also broadcast on the Today programme on Radio 4):

May 2009
The BBC commissions me to write some poems to mark the appointment of Britain’s first woman Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Read the poems

Reaction to my BBC poem on the role of a 21st-century Poet Laureate:

‘It’s the most spondeetious development since Lenny Henry played Othello … It’s a fast poem. It’s a fun poem. I love it. … Anneliese Emmans Dean is, at this early stage, first choice in my putative Fantasy Poets League team.’
Chris M. Dickson
Read the full review

March 2009
The world economic crash explained – in limerick form.