Acclaimed poets on way to City of Culture

The UK's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will visit the city in October. (60813JC1)
The UK's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will visit the city in October. (60813JC1)

Derry will welcome UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and distinguished Derry poet, Colette Bryce, to the city this October as part of City of Culture’s Literature programme.

Carol Ann Duffy, acclaimed poet, playwright and children’s writer, will read in the Waterside Theatre at 2pm on October 5, alongside her long-time collaborator, actor and musician, the wonderful John Sampson. At 7.30pm that same day, the two will again perform together at St Cecilia’s College on Bligh’s Lane.

The afternoon reading is aimed more at children and their parents, with Carol Ann reading from her children’s writing, while her evening performance may well feature poems from her array of award-winning publications, including Standing Female Nude (1985), Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize, and her most recent collection, The Bees (2011). Book free tickets for the Waterside Theatre event through its Box Office on: 71 31400 or: Free tickets for the St Cecilia’s event are available via the Millennium Forum Box Office on: 71 264455.

Award-winning Derry poet Colette Bryce’s homecoming coincides with Carol Ann Duffy’s only visit during this City of Culture Year. Colette will read on Thursday night, October 3, at the Verbal Arts Centre and will facilitate two poetry workshops for aspirant poets during her short visit. Colette Bryce has published three collections with Picador: The Heel of Bernadette (2000), The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008), and has received several awards, including the Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2010. Colette’s reading will be her first in her home city for many years and to secure free tickets contact the Verbal Arts Centre on: 71 266946.

All events and workshops organised by community publishers Yes! Publications and Guildhall Press, in tandem with Derry Writers Group.