Now1.4m tune in to John’s writing

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A POET has been bowled away by hearing his work played on radio for the second time in two weeks.

John Siddique, from Hebden Bridge, had his poem Thirst played on BBC 6 Music by presenter Cerys Matthews.

The former Catatonia singer played the poem set to music before selecting One Monday Afternoon in Mytholmroyd to read a week later, also on her Sunday morning show.

John, 46, said: “I am so pleased that my work is touching people and being so well received.”

He said it was nice for a Northern poet to get national recognition and more than 1.4 million people had now heard work from his book Full Blood through the show.

“Having work from Full Blood featured on the radio has been amazing.

“What has really moved me is how people have responded to it, as if they have been missing something and the pieces are like a cold drink when you’re thirsty.

“Cerys’ support of the book is a wonderful thing, and I think she deserves big love for giving poetry a national platform in such a great medium.”

He met the former singer, and I’m A Celebrity star while they were making a BBC2 show about Mytholmroyd poet Ted Hughes.

Although John works with Calderdale composer Katie Chatburn to set his work to music, Cerys asked to choose the music herself.

“She chose wonderfully and surprised me at the same time,” he said.

“I’d never have thought of the pieces she did to go with the poems,” he said.

The latest reading is still available on BBC iPlayer.