An Evening with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

Francis Close Hall Chapel, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ
Thu 23rd April 2020 7:30pm

The former Poet Laureate, and one of the UK’s best-loved writers, Carol Ann Duffy, presents an evening of performance and poetry, with readings of old and new work from herself and her friends Keith Hutson, Mark Pajak and Ella Duffy.

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Carol Ann Duffy is professor and creative director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and TS Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and EM Forster Prize in America. She was  Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2019.

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and for many well-known comedians. His award-winning poetry has been widely-published both in the UK and internationally. His two pamphlets, Routines (Poetry Salzburg, 2016) and Troupers (Smith Doorstop, 2018) were followed by his first book-length collection, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, published by Bloodaxe in February 2019.

Mark Pajak’s work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been commended in the National Poetry Competition, awarded first place in The Bridport Prize and has also received a Northern Writers’ Award, an Eric Gregory Award and an UNESCO international writing residency.

Ella Duffy is a London-based poet. Her work has appeared in The Rialto, The Guardian Review, The Poetry Salzburg Review and The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. She also has poems in Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse (Pan MacMillan) and Pale Fire: New Writing on the Moon (The Frogmore Press).

Ella was a runner-up in The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry (2018) and has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize (2018) and The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (2018).

This evening was made possible by Event Sponsor Dean Close School and is hosted by Festival Sponsor the University of Gloucestershire.

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