Shore to Shore with Carol Ann Duffy

Shore to Shore with Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will undertake a nationwide tour of independent bookshops this summer to support the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week.

Starting on Sunday 19th June and partnering with independent bookshops around the UK, the “Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends” tour will see Duffy perform alongside fellow poets including Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay.

The poets will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson, with a special guest spot every night from a poet local to each venue. Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley will be joining Carol on her Tuesday 28th June gig at Carlisle Cathedral in association with Bookends in Carlisle

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‘Jackself’ Publication Date Announced

jackselfPicador have announced the publication date of Jacob Polley’s fourth collection of poetry, ‘Jackself’ on November 3, 2016.

Four years after Jacob’s last collection. ‘The Havocs’, Jackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of ‘fictionalized autobiography’ through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many ‘Jacks’ of our folktale, legend, phrase and fable – everyman Jacks and no one Jacks, Jackdaw, Jack-O-Lantern, Jack Sprat, Cheapjack and Jack Frost.

At once playful and terrifying, lyric and narratively compelling, Jackself is an unforgettable exploration of an innocence and childhood lost in the darker corners of Reiver country and of English folklore, and once more shows Polley as one of the most remarkable imaginations at work in poetry today.

‘Jackself’ is available to pre-order at all good bookshops and at Amazon 

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