Seán Street

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.  








The Ice Tree, 1912


The trek paper makes from tree,

up through rings of the ice tree,

through past air, held layers of years,

wisps of words caught in circles of time

fading to transparency under winds' press,

where the process of thought formed.


The tree's paper freezes its findings,

the last words held, recorded, preserved,

poem placed with pencilled articulation of discovery,

mortality's pages spun by vortex into the ice tree's fibre.

And Earth dissolves, the wilderness shrinks,

breaks in acid seas, leaves fall.


Men move away through pain, hurt

across snowscape, dark marks on faint paper,

glass ghosts blurred in blinding light,

far, growing further, wisps vanishing,

fading to transparency. 

From: Cello (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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Elias - a film-poem Elias, a film-poem by Seán Street commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral as part of its Magna Carta celebrations, is available on the Cathedral's website. The f... 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...