The Roots and Acoustic Music Show

Presenter Jonti Willis chats with Editor Stephen Linstead (left) and Designer Bryan Ledgard about Viral Verses, and plays many great music tracks from some of the book's contributors.

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First broadcast on Sunday 18 October, repeated Tuesday 20 October 2020.

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18th October 2020 Part 1
00:00 / 30:32
18th October 2020 Part 2
00:00 / 26:19

The Writers' Bookshelf 20 Oct 2020 

David Driver reads from Viral Verses and features Alice Manning, Lynda Rose Morgan, Sophie Lutkin, Ellen Waters and John Law. 

First broadcast on 6 October. Listen again here.

20th October 2020
00:00 / 09:55

The Writers' Bookshelf 13 Oct 2020 

David Driver reads from Viral Verses and features Lee Baskerville, Stephen Linstead, Ellen Waters, Aidan Quigley and more. 

First broadcast on 6 October. Listen again here.

The Writers' Bookshelf  6 Oct 2020  

David Driver talks about Viral Verses and features Joe Solo, Pamela Leadbetter, Alice Manning, Rachel Feldberg and Gareth Griffith.

First broadcast on 6 October. Listen again here.

6th October 2020
00:00 / 10:27
13th October 2020
00:00 / 28:14

Singer/songwriter Ralph McTell has been a seminal figure on the UK folk scene for over fifty years. His song 'Streets of London' is known and loved worldwide. Ralph has contributed this newly written piece to Viral Verses.

Hear him perform it here. 

Masks and Gowns
00:00 / 02:00
When The Dog Bites The Monkey
00:00 / 03:00
Powis Square At 4 A.M.
00:00 / 03:07

"The two original songs containing the lyrics of ‘When the Dog Bites the Monkey’ and ‘Powis Square at 4 am’ were issued on the album The Dream of Miss Dee in 2014 by Hi4Head Records. We are very pleased that the lyrics are now being used in a cause to benefit the NHS. In these extremely troubling times our NHS has been a beacon of excellence with staff putting themselves selflessly on the front line in the battle against Covid-19. My late wife Sue also received top quality NHS treatment so I know from personal experience how valuable the NHS is as a national resource."

Nick Dart, Hi4Head Records

The digital single,

2 Covid Verses is now available here.

All profits from this will also be used to benefit NHS charities.


Heath Common is a songwriter, journalist, broadcaster, presenter, interviewer and poet.

Two of his works are included in Viral Verses.

Click below to hear the music performances of 'When The Dog Bites The Monkey' and

'Powis Square at 4am'.  

Radio Leeds' Sunday Afternoon

with Liz Green

Editor Stephen Linstead talks about Viral Verses. Rachel Feldberg, poet, writer and former Artistic Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival, and who appears in the book, also joins in.

First broadcast on 4 October 2020Listen again here.

BBC Sunday Afternoon
00:00 / 17:13

The Writers' Bookshelf  29 Sept 2020 

David Driver chats to author and columnist Milly Johnson about poetry and Viral Verses featuring work by Sophie Norton, David Weir, Carina Riley, John Law, Isabel Head, Roseanna Kettle, Eth Holmes, Lynda Rose Morgan, Chloe D'Arcy, David Driver and Rosemary Evans


First broadcast on 29 September. Listen again here.

29th Sept 2020 part 1
00:00 / 12:53
29th Sept 2020 part 2
00:00 / 27:50