Below you will find a selection of poems by Sam Burnside read aloud. Some of the readings have accompanying moving images. We will be updating them regularly, so check back often and in the latest news.

The Stretcher Bearer’s Story

This was recently read as for the BBC radio Foyle World Day 2014. Read by Sam Burnside.

An Enchanted Place

Excerpt from the Columba Canticles

Excerpt from the Columba Canticles, performed at St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry~Londonderry on Sunday 9 June 2013. The Columba Canticles is a poem written by Dr Sam Burnside MBE, and set to music by University of Ulster lecturer Dr Laurence Roman. The work was performed by the combined chamber choirs of the University of Ulster and the University of Aberdeen, with the London Sinfornia under the direction of Dr Shaun Ryan of the University of Ulster.


‘Parrots’ is taken from New and Selected Poems and is read here by Sam Burnside.

Mice or will the real rats stand up.

Read by Sam Burnside and recorded by Garvin Crawford

Stepping Stone, Derry/Londonderry Peace Bridge Poem

Read by John Burnside and recorded in Londonderry.

The Wayfinder, A Modern Odyssey

Here’s a the full version of the Wayfinder, A Modern Odyssey written by Sam Burnside and read by two actors.


  • A rehearsed reading of  – The Wayfarer, by Sam Burnside
  • Directed by Brian Smeaton
  • Readers– Nicola Keegan and Declan Birney
  • At North Down Arts, Bangor, 13 November, 2008
  • Illustrations here by Leslie Nichol
  • Recorded by Shantallow Community Arts Studio