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.  











Neglected Things


Every year late August brings me its unexpected moment,

a pivotal day before the slow slope down to Autumn.

I remember how you planned gardens with a practised eye,

so today, your birthday, I work here this hot afternoon

in deep silence. Time to deal with shrubs left far too long.


All routine, but this quiet husbandry is important,

mending, remaking, a mutually healing habit.

Gardening wakes neglected things then consoles them, revives

the simple desire to show a familiar shape love.

Watering, weeding, preparing new seasons. It all helps. 

(From: Cello Music. 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


Recent reviews of prose works have included the following:

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)


On The Poetry of Radio

Seán Street has written a seminal and elegant book on the poetics of radio.  This book will be a lasting treasure for students, professionals and artists in the field of radio and sound programme making. It is a brilliant and masterful achievement.'

Professor Tim Crook, Goldsmiths College, University of London

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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...