You can hear Cousin Matthew & Lady Rosamund from Downton Abbey...er...I mean Dan Stevens & Samantha J Bond read a number of poems for The Jubilee Lines poetry anthology '60 years in 60 poems' on The Space website:
Commissioned for The Space – the new digital arts platform developed by the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC - 60 Years in 60 Poems lifts the poems off the pages of Carol Ann Duffy’s Jubilee Lines and interprets them using actors’ recordings, sound-based generative design and archive film footage to create an exciting new way to experience poetry.
With a poem for each of the years of the Queen's reign, Jubilee Lines offers both a unique portrayal of the times in which we have lived, and an essential portrait of today. The poems celebrate the way we speak, the way we chronicle, the way we love and fight, honour and remember.
Visually and aurally, 60 Years in 60 Poems transforms the poems, suggesting alternative interpretations and new ways of exploration. Four fine actors – Dan Stevens, Lyndsey Marshal, Alex Lanipekun and Samantha Bond – have recorded versions of the poems, each in their own distinctive voice. What does sound look like? Designer Stefanie Posavec has translated frequencies and decibel levels into circular visualizations. And twenty of the poems are enhanced with archive stills and film footage, evoking time and place, private recollections and shared experiences.
You are invited to navigate the poems by year, by poet, through archive or by theme, plotting your own path through 60 years of history.
Click here to take a listen.