This article focuses on three literary features—A Room of One's Own (1946), centred on the work of Virginia Woolf, an adaptation of David Jones’ epic poem In Parenthesis (1946) and Herbert Read's verse play Moon's Farm (1951)—in order to examine how they reflected on and adapted various aspects of modernist innovation. It also examines the range of listener response offered in the BBC Listener Research Reports for these programmes—from surprise and delight to outright bewilderment, with many listeners pleased in principle with the challenging literary content, but looking for pointed guidance on how to approach it, whilst others who were receptive to avant-garde writing were quick to identify lapses in quality. This article therefore traces how literary modernism functioned, and was experienced, when adapted into an aural experience in the late 1940s and early ’50s, the most innovative period of the Features Department.