A Commonplace – The Everyday Reader

And while I’m at it, I ask you to take these poems and use them. By which I mean, share them in private correspondence, speak them in your own accent, compose your own – better – versions of them. And if you want to record them as audio files then please do and please send them to me and I’ll see if they can’t be shared further. The sharing’s the thing. ” (A Commonplace, p. 89)

These audio recordings of poems by Jonathan Davidson from A Commonplace (and translations into various languages) have been made by friends and neighbours. To find about more about the idea behind these recordings have a look at the blog.

If you would like to make your own recording (and if necessary a translation) of a poem from A Commonplace (those written by Jonathan) and have it featured here please get in touch via the Contact page.

The recordings are now in the order as they appear in A Commonplace so it is possible to read the book and listen to various iterations of the poems as spoken pieces.

Won’t

Read by Roz Goddard

Read by Carol Caffrey

Read by María Castro Dominguez

Translated into Spanish & Read by María Castro Dominguez

Clouding Over

Read by Roz Goddard

Nineteen Fifty-Six

Read by Roz Goddard

A Breakfast

Read by María Castro Dominguez

Translated into Spanish and read by María Castro Dominguez

The Back Roads

Read by Mollie Davidson

Read by Zoë Chapman

Father

Read by Sue Brown

Translated into French & Read by Hélène Portefaix

Translated into French by Hélène Portefaix and read by Vincent Lapouge

A Quadratic Equation

Read by Sue Brown

Read by Gregory Leadbetter

A Letter to Johann Joachim Quantz

Read by Gregory Leadbetter

Tony

Read by Mollie Davidson

Frederick Arthur Davidson

Read by Sue Brown

Utopia

Read by Derek Littlewood

Borders

Read by Mollie Davidson

Read by Becky Swain

Borders – The ‘Sofia’ Re-Mix

Divided into Twelve Arguments with Footnotes and read by Will Buckingham

Brickwork

Read by Derek Littlewood

A Music Box

Read by Becky Swain

Read by Mollie Davidson

The Silence

Read by Gregory Leadbetter

Translated into French and read by Amélie Doche

Read by Amélie Doche

Printing

Read by Jo Bell

Apple Picking

Read by Jo Bell

Brecht, B. v Steffin, M., Marlebäck, 1940

Read by Liz Berry

Miss Balcombe’s Orchard

Read by Becky Swain

On ‘Why Brownlee Left’

Read by Carol Caffrey

On the Arrest of Thomas Prince, 1649

Read by Derek Littlewood

Leaving

Read by María Castro Dominguez

Like Lichen

Read by Olga Dermott-Bond

The Greenwood

Read by Olga Dermott-Bond

Just off the A5, West of Llangollen

Read by Olga Dermott-Bond

The Grass Rash

Read by Carol Caffrey

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