” Picador and Atkinson-Pryce Books present Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends, featuring Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, John Sampson plus special guest poet.”
The event is on Friday, the 1st of July at 7.30pm.It should be a really good night, so come along if you can to hear the poets voices, LIVE AND LOUD!
The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will be there reading some poems along with other guests. Am so excited to be going to a local Lanarkshire community venue and hear some of my favourite poets.
There is also a poetry competition about community which we can enter here:
And you can get the complimentary ticket offer for the Shore to Shore tour too, – from StAnza if you subscribe to their e-newsletter details here:
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My connection to community poetry and the Poet Laureate
A poem Carol Ann Duffy wrote was very important to me. I read it at the very first ‘Reading Aloud’ group I did in 2009 at the Greater Easterhouse Alcohol Awareness Project- for the Women’s Group. It was the week after Carol Ann was made Poet Laureate, and I felt proud that she was the first woman poet laureate for 400 years, and a Scot, born in Glasgow. I read Louis MacNeice’s ‘Snow’ then Carol Ann’s After Louis MacNeice’s Snow, and a group of twelve Easterhouse women and me started talking about what these poems meant to them.
It felt miraculous to me, these women, really tearing the words apart, searching for their own personal meaning in them. Creating a community of friendship after alcohol affected them in some hard ways-they found out new things about each other. And I found out that they were wonderful.My report of that first foray into sharing poems in the community is here.
I am grateful that now I have a miraculous job,- to do community reading with people across Scotland, bringing poetry and making friends.