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Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

Mon
14th May 2012 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Poet in the City's annual celebration of poetry with the Poet Laureate.

Carol Ann Duffy read from her own work, including her 2011 collection The Bees, with interludes from musician John Sampson. She will also introduced two special guests selected from the leading voices in contemporary British poetry: Leontia Flynn and Ann Gray.

Carol Ann Duffy has brought great freshness to the role of Poet Laureate since her appointment in 2009, writing inventive and thoughtful poems about topical themes from snow and football to the banking crisis and war in Afghanistan. Her work reaches for powerful truths across fantasy and reality, personal emotions and public controversies, with eloquence and a subversive sense of humour. Recent collections include the TS Elliot Prize-winning Rapture (2005) and The Bees (2011), which was Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the TS Eliot Prize.

Leontia Flynn was born in 1974 and lives in Belfast. Her first book, These Days, won the 2004 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Her second, Drives, was awarded the 2008 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Leontia's third work Profit and Loss was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize.

Ann Gray is a poet and editor based in Cornwall. Recent collections include the acclaimed At The Gate (2008) and The Man I Was Promised (2004). Her work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including the Forward Prize Anthologies in 1995 and 2008. She has been a guest reader for Arvon, and a tutor at Ty Newydd. Her poem JOY was commended in the 2010 National Poetry Competition.

John Sampson is an Edinburgh-based professional musician, composer and actor. His work encompasses comedy, cabaret, classical and jazz, and has collaborated extensively in music and poetry performances with Carol Ann Duffy.
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