Seán Street is a writer, broadcaster and poet. He is also Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University, and now lives in Liverpool. This site profiles some of his work in prose, poetry and sound.  











Winter Swimming


It's a long cold swim from here to bright late April.

True, there are islands full of wine, warm candles,

but once beyond the shallows harsher waves will take

us with their iced deep-water winds into the lake.


You see it's post-December battling really starts  –

all weeks are killers, but it's New Year breaks most hearts.

Spring tides can rise, drown hope without a fight –

I've seen it sink for the third time, the end in sight.


Just when there's warmth again, gold from a brighter sun,

when there's green on distant land, comes crucifixion.

Beyond this, other dreams defying fact;

beyond this Hellespont perhaps light, let's drink to that.   

                                             From Radio and Other Poems (Rockingham Press)


Street unearths loss, memory and redemption from English terrain like few other poets.

The Times

The formal precision...and the burnished language are reminiscent of Geoffrey Hill...Cello is a beautifully achieved collection infused with all the craft that Street has acquired throughout his extensive career. The poems are both detached and perfectly crafted.

Kalyna Review


Seán Street's poetry collections can be bought through the following sites:

Rockingham Press titles Cello/Time Between Tides/ Radio & Other Poems may be purchased from Inpress Books:


Lapwing Publications' Jazz Time, available direct from the publisher: https://sites.google.com/a/lapwingpublications.com/lapwing-store/sean-street

For further details see Poetry


On The Memory of Sound: 

Street's profound insights weave through every chapter in this masterful work, each a cherished ode to the documentation and preservation of sound. For that I thank him.

Dmae Roberts, (Peabody Award winning Independent Public Radio producer.)

An important book by a writer who understands the power of sound as a broadcaster, as a researcher, as a listener, and, above all, as a poet.  Seán Street brilliantly illuminates how sound, our first and last sense, runs like a flash of lightning through time lost and found.

Piers Plowright, (Radio Features Producer)



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Historical Dictionary of British Radio Seán Street's latest book, The Historical Dictionary of British Radio, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield. This is the second edition of thi... Read more...
The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past Seán Street's book, The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past, is published by Routledge as part of its Research in Cultural and Media Studies... Read more...
Cello - Seán Street's collection, Cello, was published by Rockingham Press in September 2013. The  poems are 'by some way, his most ambitious' (Jeremy H... Read more...