segunda-feira, outubro 18, 2010

Get yourself versed in National Poetry Day at Edge Hill University

Carol Ann Duffy
by Tony McConville. Published Fri 01 Oct 2010 17:40 

Lancastrians are invited to celebrate National Poetry Day by booking a free place to see two of the most distinguished poets in US and UK literature read their work at Edge Hill University.

Carol Ann Duffy and Billy Collins will perform together for the first time at the The Written Word on 28th October on the Ormskirk Campus as part of its 125 anniversary celebrations.

Glasgow-born Duffy is the first female Poet Laureate. Since her appointment in May 2009, her published work has notably included work inspired by the MP expenses scandal and Achilles, a poem about the injury that left England footballer David Beckham out of this year's World Cup.

Billy Collins has served two terms as the poet laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. As the USA laureate, Collins read his poem The Names at a special joint session of the United States Congress on 6th September 2002, held to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. He has been called "The most popular poet in America" by the New York Times.

Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University and author of the forthcoming book Suffering, Sexuality and the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, said: "It will be an amazing experience for our students to see both these poets come together for the first time at Edge Hill.

"It feels so right that our University, which started life as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England, should host the first female poet laureate.

"I know that it will be a real boost to the University’s work on gender and sexuality, in particular to the work of GenSex, our gender research group."

Bookings are now being taken for the free event on Thursday 28th October, starting 6pm. Spaces are limited so to book your place by emailing

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Nicky Speed on 01695 584112.

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