The Guardian - Carol Anne Duffy: A Life In Poetry

Date 12/12/2018 Total price, inc booking fee £20 +BF Time 18:00 Age restrictions 16+

Join us for an evening with award-winning poet Carol Ann Duffy. As she steps down from her decade-long tenure as poet laureate, she will discuss her work and read from her new collection, Sincerity.

Duffy won the 1983 National Poetry Competition when she was in her 20s, and was the Guardian’s poetry critic from 1988 to 1989. When she was appointed poet laureate in 2009 she became the first woman to hold the post in its nearly 350 year long history. During her tenure she has written poems responding to public events ranging from the Armistice Day centenary to the General Election and the Royal Wedding. She has also used her role to shine a spotlight on poetry, from setting up new prizes and supporting festivals to championing the work of other poets.

In her new collection, Duffy offers a moving exploration of loss and remembrance. Her previous collections include The World’s Wife, Mean Time and the Costa award-winning The Bees. She will be in conversation with Guardian chief books writer, Lisa Allardice.

Tickets are £20 or £30 with a copy of Sincerity (RRP £14.99).

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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