Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke to Open Festival

On Thursday 16 September bees, honey and food-inspired poetry will all be on the menu as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke read and discuss their work. Friends and colleagues, these two poets have been awarded the highest recognition: to be called on to reflect and interpret the emotions of a nation.

Since becoming Poet Laureate in 2009 Carol Ann Duffy has written on subjects as disparate as the parliamentary expenses scandal, the volcanic ash cloud, and David Beckham’s injured heel.

Gillian Clarke, who became National Poet of Wales a year earlier, compares her title to the conch shell in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies: “If you happen to be holding it you may speak…”  Hear them both speak at the opening of the 12th Abergavenny Food Festival. Tickets available when box office goes live mid-July.
In association with Academi (www.academi.org) The Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Authors.

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