Short story: The Questions by Leo Tolstoy, from Greatest Short Stories, listened to through the RNIB library. Recommended.
Poem: I Wouldn’t Go Down to the Sea Again by John Cooper Clarke, from Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt by John Cooper Clarke (2012)
Essay: The Changing Nature of Utopias by Will Self, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from August 2014. Highly Recommended.