The rhythmic lullaby of North Utsire, South Utsire has been lulling the nations insomniacs to sleep for over 90 years. It has inspired songs, poetry and imaginations across the globe – as well as providing a very real service for the nations seafarers who might fall prey to storms and gales. In 1995, a plan to move the late-night broadcast by just 12 minutes caused a national outcry and was ultimately scrapped. Published with Radio 4 and the Met Office, The Shipping Forecast is the official miscellany for seafarers and armchair travellers alike. From the places themselves – how they got their names, whats happened there through the ages – to the poems and parodies that its inspired, this is a beautifully evocative tribute to one of Britains – and Radio 4s – best-loved broadcasts.

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01/09/2016