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.

Over fourteen consecutive days across Britain from Cornwall to Scotland, Carol Ann Duffy will perform alongside three of the fellow poets whom she most admires: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay. Each evening will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson plus a special guest spot every night.

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Carol Ann Duffy
Poet Laureate

‘In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar’ The Guardian

Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009, the first woman to hold the post in its 350-year history.

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, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

Carol Ann lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Jackie Kay

‘Poetry at its best. Not only am I informed but I'm entertained in the process, by Kay's natural wit' Pascale Petit

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland but now lives in Manchester, where she is chancellor of Salford University. She has written all her life.

Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards. Her first novel Trumpet won the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her first novel for children, Strawgirl, a lyrical slice of magical realism, was a huge critical success. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002.  In 2016 she was named the new Makar, National Poet for Scotland.

Gillian Clarke
National Poet of Wales

'An impressively achieved and exceptionally rewarding poet’ -TLS

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Gillian Clarke is a poet, playwright, editor, translator (from Welsh) and President of Ty Newydd, the writers´ centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990.

She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the United States giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages.

She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her husband on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practice.

Imtiaz Dharker

‘If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker’ Carol Ann Duffy

Imtiaz Dharker is an award-winning poet, artist and documentary film-maker.

Her poems are on the British GCSE and A Level English syllabus, and she reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. 

She has had solo exhibitions of her drawings around the world and scripts and directs films, many of them for women and children's organisations in India.

John A. Sampson

John A. Sampson is an Edinburgh-based professional musician, composer and actor. A well known and loved performer on the UK music scene for nearly forty years and a respected actor for almost as long, he has also appeared extensively on the continent, particularly in Germany where his accomplished brand of musical comedy and cabaret is held in great affection, and his classical and jazz performance skills are highly regarded. He regularly collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy.


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