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Shore to Shore



Picador and Wenlock Books present


Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends

 with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, John Sampson plus special guest poet Liz Lefroy


Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985; she has subsequently won every major poetry prize in the UK, published collections that have collectively sold more than one million copies worldwide and was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.


Coinciding with and supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, SHORE TO SHORE sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fellow artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart.

                                    Picador and Wenlock Books are proud to present Carol Ann Duffy performing alongside three of the 

fellow poets whom she most admires: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay.

The evening will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson

plus a special guest poet Liz Lefroy. 


Liz Lefroy won the 2011 Roy Fisher Prize resulting in the publication of her first pamphlet,

Pretending the Weather. Her sequence,

                               The Gathering, was set to music by Brian Evans and first performed at the St Chad's Music Festival, Shrewsbury, in 2012.

Mending the Ordinary (2014) is published by Fair Acre Press.

Liz's work has appeared in Mslexia; The Frogmore Papers; Magma; Shoestring;

Ink, Sweat and Tears; The Emergency Poet Anthology and on the Writers' Hub.

She was short-listed in the 2015 Bridport Prize.

She reads regularly at poetry festivals and literary events, including performances

at the Edinburgh Fringe of her dramatic sequence, The Seven Rages of Woman.

She hosts the Poetry Busk at Wenlock Poetry Festival, is organiser of Shrewsbury Poetry

and presents ‘Poetry Round-up’ on Ryan Kennedy's show on BBC Radio Shropshire.

Liz is a senior lecturer in Social Care at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.



                        Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends will bring audiences an unforgettable evening featuring some of the finest voices in contemporary British poetry.


This event will be followed by a book signing.



For more information go to carolannduffyandfriends.com



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