A Visit From The National Poet of Wales 2008-2016

17th September 2018

On Wednesday, we will be delighted to welcome the National Poet of Wales 2008-2016, Gillian Clarke, to Tenbury High to work with year 10 students. The students are currently researching local young men who died in WW1 and their plan is to create poetry ‘looking back to look forward’.

Gillian’s work has been on the GCSE and A level exam syllabus for over thirty years, and she performs her poetry regularly for student audiences at Poetry Live, and in several European cities. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 2010 and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. Her tenth collection of poems, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017 and her version of the book-long 7th-century Welsh poem, Y Gododdin, is to be published by Faber in 2019.

We are very excited to welcome Gillian to the Academy this week.

After visiting us, Gillian will join her friend Carol Ann Duffy for a reading at The Regal, the theatre in town at 7.30pm. Profits from ticket sales and the book signing will be donated to the Tenbury Branch of Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied Philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, as well as the Lannan Award and the E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2009, Carol Ann Duffy became Poet Laureate. In 2012 she was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize.

Tickets for the event at The Regal are available here: www.regaltenbury.co.uk/RegalCinemaTenbury