The Poetry Archive

We launched The Poetry Archive this morning along with its little sibling The Children’s Poetry Archive.

It’s a fantastic site, at launch there are recordings of 94 poets reading their own poems and more will be added over time. Particularly interesting is Tennyson’s reading of “The Charge of the Light Brigade” recorded in 1890 on soft wax cylinders.

The bulk of my work has been on the infrastructure for storing the recordings and encoding them for Real Server to stream. I’d still like to see the content encoded in more accessible formats and opened up for podcasting and listening away from the site, but that’s a discussion for another day. Today we celebrate and I’m very proud of the site.

BBC News coverage here: Classic poets’ voices go online

2 Responses to “The Poetry Archive”

  1. peteb Says:

    Today we celebrate and I’m very proud of the site

    So you should be. An excellent site. Congratulations.

  2. pete Says:

    Thank you. You’re very kind.