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Monday 29 April at 7 pm
at Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square
London E15 1BX


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Collected Poems
Collected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy is published in hardback by Picador at £25.
Luck is the Hook
Luck is the Hook by Imtiaz Dharker is published in paperback by Bloodaxe Books at £12.
Asylum
Asylum by Sean Borodale is published in paperback by Jonathan Cape at £10.
British Museum
British Museum by Daljit Nagra is published in paperback by Faber & Faber at £10.99.
Carol Ann Duffy

Dame Carol Ann Duffy’s
final project as Poet Laureate

Poetry Live! presents

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the
Insect Population

Insects

An evening of poetry with
Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra, Sean Borodale, Zaffar Kunial, Matthew Hollis, Ella Duffy, Andrew McMillan, Mark Pajak and Yvonne Reddick.


Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy leads a poetic response to the collapse of the Earth’s insect population. She has commissioned a group of leading poets to write and perform in response to the ecological crisis. The new poems will be published in The Guardian on Saturday 27 April 2019, and this event will be a special reading of the poems at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. This event will be Carol Ann Duffy’s final contribution as Poet Laureate, before she steps down in May at the end of her ten-year term.

Her term as Poet Laureate has been widely praised. Lady Antonia Fraser has called her a “great Poet Laureate” who “comments on contemporary events directly in a way we do not believe a Poet Laureate has done before.”

Her major 2011 collection The Bees, winner of Costa Poetry Award, celebrates the bee and, as one critic wrote, shows how “the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect.”

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy became the first female Poet Laureate in 2009, and is also queen of the dramatic monologue. Her poetry gives voice to society’s alienated and ignored in an unstuffy but compelling manner, wrestling with ideas about language and identity. As she says, “I like to use simple words but in a complicated way.”

Born in Glasgow, Carol Ann Duffy was brought up in Staffordshire and studied philosophy at the University of Liverpool, where she was active in the city’s underground poetry scene in the 1970s. Her first full-length collection Standing Female Nude in 1985 was something of a landmark, forging an anti-establishment voice with a colloquial lyricism. Duffy reached a wider audience with The World’s Wife (1999), a series of witty dramatic monologues spoken by women from fairy tales and myths, and the women usually air-brushed from history, such as Mrs Midas and Mrs Darwin. Her output has also included a formidable amount of writing for children.

Us
Us by Zaffar Kunial is published in paperback by Faber & Faber at £10.99.
playtime
playtime by Andrew McMillan is published in paperback by Jonathan Cape at £10.
Spitting Distance
Spitting Distance by Mark Pajak is published in paperback by smith|doorstop Books at £7.50.
Spikenard
Spikenard by Yvonne Reddick is published in paperback by smith|doorstop Books at £7.50.

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Interested in learning more about Newham Bookshop and some of the people connected with it? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.


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Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s
Bookshop of the Month

We are proud that Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s Bookshop of the Month. The article features a Q&A with Vivian Archer, which you can read here.


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