Carol Ann Duffy: Testing Times – A Retrospective

Barry Wood

Carol Ann Duffy completes her stint as Poet Laureate in May, which seems a good time to review and assess her substantial body of work. As laureate she was achieved a great deal: setting up the Ted Hughes Prize, promoting the reading and study of poetry in schools and university, encouraging and supporting new poets and poetry, and generally enhancing public awareness of poetry through her own poems on public themes through anthologies such as 1914: POETRY REMEMBERS and ARMISTICE: POEMS OF WAR AND PEACE. She has also continued to write on social and political as well as private theme without being in any way inhibited by her public role. THE BEES (2011) was published at the start of her laureateship and SINCERITY (2018) delivers a characteristically witty, moving and challenging end to it. Her COLLECTED POEMS was published in 2015. The course will review her work from STANDING FEMALE NUDE (1986), identifying central subjects, styles and themes, and conclude with a discussion of her recent work.

Day: Thursdays                         Time: 10.30-12.30
6 weeks, 25 April to 6 June 2019

Cross Street Chapel,
Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£85 10 16

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