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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Big Read

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a founding fable of our modern age. We are the wedding guests, and the albatross around the Mariner's neck is an emblem of human despair and our abuse of the natural world. Yet in its beautiful terror there lies a wondrous solution – that we might wake up and find … read more

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The Voyage Complete

May 27th, 2020

39:02

Experience the Ancient Mariner Big Read as one symphonic piece.

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Reading No.40 - Alan Bennett

May 26th, 2020

1:18

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Reader
Alan Bennett
Author + playwright
Recorded in North London

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Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who …

Reading No.39 - Judy Collins

May 25th, 2020

1:05

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Reader
Judy Collins
Singer + songwriter
Recorded in New York City

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O …

Reading No.38 - Samuel John Taylor Coleridge

May 24th, 2020

1:28

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Reader
Samuel John Taylor Coleridge
Sixth-generation nephew of
the poet, recorded at …

Reading No.37 - Kathleen Jamie

May 23rd, 2020

1:00

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Reader
Kathleen Jamie
Poet + author
Recorded at the University of Stirling

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And now, all in my own countree,
I stood on the firm land!
The Hermit …

Reading No.36 - Timothy Morton

May 22nd, 2020

1:00

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Reader
Timothy Morton
Philosopher
Recorded at Rice University, Texas

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Upon the whirl, where sank the ship,
The boat spun round and round;
And all was …

Reading No.35 - John Spicer

May 21st, 2020

1:04

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Reader
John Spicer
Marine zoologist
Recorded at Coleridge Cottage,
Nether Stowey, …

Reading No.34 - Max Porter

May 20th, 2020

1:10

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Reader
Max Porter
Author + poet
Recorded at the Bath Priory, Somerset

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'Strange, by my faith!' the Hermit said—
'And they answered not our cheer!
The …

Reading No.33 - Horatio Clare

May 19th, 2020

1:00

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Reader
Horatio Clare
Author + adventurer
Recorded at Penzance Literary Festival

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This Hermit good lives in that wood
Which slopes down to the sea.
How …

Reading No.32 - Helen Macdonald

May 18th, 2020

1:08

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Reader
Helen Macdonald
Author
Recorded in Fitzrovia, London

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But soon I heard the dash of oars,
I heard the Pilot's cheer;
My head was turned perforce …

Reading No.31 - Frances Barber

May 17th, 2020

1:04

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Reader
Frances Barber
Actress
Recorded at Studio PSB, London

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Each corse lay flat, …

Reading No.30 - Jodie Whittaker

May 16th, 2020

1:14

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Reader
Jodie Whittaker
Actor
Recorded in Netley, Hampshire

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The harbour-bay was clear as glass,
So smoothly it was strewn!
And on the bay the moonlight …

Reading No.29 - Stephen Dillane

May 15th, 2020

1:10

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Reader
Stephen Dillane
Actor
Recorded in Sussex

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Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,
Yet she sailed softly too:
Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze—
On me …

Reading No.28 - David Walliams

May 14th, 2020

1:27

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Reader
David Walliams
Author + actor
Recorded in London W1

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And now this spell was snapt: once more
I viewed the ocean green,
And looked far forth, yet …

Reading No.27 - Rupert Everett

May 13th, 2020

1:04

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Reader
Rupert Everett
Actor + author
Recorded in Wiltshire

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I woke, and we were sailing on
As in a gentle weather:
'Twas night, calm night, the moon was …

Reading No.26 - Zeb Soanes + Cleo Silvestre

May 12th, 2020

1:21

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Reader
Zeb Soanes + Cleo Silvestre
Radio announcer + Actress
Recorded in Canonbury, London

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First Voice
'But tell me, tell me! speak again,
Thy soft …

Reading No.25 - Chris Watson

May 11th, 2020

1:26

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Reader
Chris Watson
Naturalist + sound artist
Recorded on Blyth beach,
Northumberland

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How long in that same fit I lay,
I have not to declare;
But ere …

Reading No.24 - Maggi Hambling

May 10th, 2020

1:31

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Reader
Maggi Hambling
Artist
Recorded in South London

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Till noon we quietly sailed on,
Yet never a breeze did breathe:
Slowly and smoothly went the ship,

Reading No.23 - David Gray

May 9th, 2020

1:05

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Reader
David Gray
Singer + songwriter
Recorded in Hampstead, London

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Sometimes a-dropping from the sky
I heard the sky-lark sing;
Sometimes all little …

Reading No.22 - Philip Hoare

May 8th, 2020

1:19

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Reader
Philip Hoare
Author
Recorded on Southampton Water

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The body of my brother's …

Reading No.21 - Neil Tennant

May 7th, 2020

1:13

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Reader
Neil Tennant
Singer + songwriter
Recorded at Studio PSB, London

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The loud wind never reached the ship,
Yet now the ship moved on!
Beneath the …

Reading No.20 - Cerys Matthews

May 6th, 2020

1:22

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Reader
Cerys Matthews
Singer + Author
Recorded at the Stags Head,
Fitzrovia, London

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And soon I heard a roaring wind:
It did not come anear;
But with …

Reading No.19 - Deborah Warner

May 5th, 2020

1:33

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Reader
Deborah Warner
Opera director
Recorded in Islington, London

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Oh sleep! it …

Reading No.18 - Chris Packham

May 4th, 2020

1:30

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Reader
Chris Packham
Naturalist
Recorded in the New Forest, Hampshire

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Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes:
They moved in tracks …

Reading No.17 - Olivia Laing

May 4th, 2020

1:24

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Reader
Olivia Laing
Author
Recorded at Emmanuel College Chapel,
Cambridge

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An …

Reading No.16 - Alan Cumming

May 2nd, 2020

1:25

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Reader
Alan Cumming
Actor
Recorded in New York City

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I looked upon the rotting sea,
And drew my eyes away;
I looked upon the rotting deck,
And there the …

Reading No.15 - Marianne Faithfull

May 1st, 2020

1:34

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Reader
Marianne Faithfull
Singer, songwriter, actor
Recorded in West London

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'I …

Reading No.14 - Cyrus Larcombe Moore

April 30th, 2020

1:09

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Reader
Cyrus Larcombe Moore
Poet
Recorded at St Mary's Church,
Ottery St Mary, Devon

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One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
Too quick for groan or …

Reading No.13 - Lemn Sissay

April 29th, 2020

1:29

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Reader
Lemn Sissay
Poet + Author
Recorded at Folkestone Book Festival

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The Sun's …

Reading No.12 - Ali Smith

April 28th, 2020

1:32

Discover more: https://www.ancientmarinerbigread.com/reading/12

Reader
Ali Smith
Author
Recorded at Emmanuel College Chapel,
Cambridge

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Alas! …

Reading No.11 - Robert Macfarlane

April 27th, 2020

1:23

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Reader
Robert Macfarlane
Author
Recorded at Emmanuel College Chapel,
Cambridge

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Reading No. 10 - Beth Gibbons

April 26th, 2020

1:57

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Reader
Beth Gibbons
Singer + songwriter

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There passed a weary time. Each throat
Was parched, and glazed each eye.
A weary time! a weary time!
How glazed …

Reading No.9 - Iggy Pop

April 25th, 2020

1:32

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Reader
Iggy Pop
Singer + songwriter
Recorded in Miami

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About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,

Reading No.8 - Tilda Swinton

April 24th, 2020

1:19

Discover more: https://www.ancientmarinerbigread.com/reading/8

Reader
Tilda Swinton
Actor
Recorded in the
Scottish Highlands

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All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,

Reading No.7 - Simon Armitage

April 23rd, 2020

1:14

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Reader
Simon Armitage
Poet
Recorded in the West Yorkshire Pennines

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Nor dim nor red, like God's own head,
The glorious Sun uprist:
Then all averred, I …

Reading No.6 - Hilary Mantel

April 22nd, 2020

1:27

Discover more: https://www.ancientmarinerbigread.com/reading/6

Reader
Hilary Mantel
Author
Recorded at St Mary's Church,
Ottery St Mary, Devon,

Reading No.5 - Willem Dafoe

April 21st, 2020

1:03

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Reader
Willem Dafoe
Actor

Artwork
Gordon Cheung
Albatross Glitch

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And a good south …

Reading No.4 - Peter Wilson

April 20th, 2020

1:11

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Reader
Peter Wilson
Polar guide
Filmed + recorded by Eric Wehrmeister,
Point Wild, …

Reading No.3 - Samuel West

April 19th, 2020

1:10

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Reader
Samuel West
Actor + director
Recorded in Islington, London 

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And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his …

Reading No.2 - Jeanette Winterson

April 18th, 2020

1:29

Discover more: https://www.ancientmarinerbigread.com/reading/2

Reader:
Jeanette Winterson
Author
Recorded at The Charterhouse, London

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'The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,

Merrily did we drop

Below the kirk, …

Reading No. 1 - Jeremy Irons

April 15th, 2020

1:33

Discover more: https://www.ancientmarinerbigread.com/reading/1

Reader
Jeremy Irons
Actor
Recorded at Bath Priory, Somerset

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It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and …

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