Win a signed bottle of Poet Laureate sherry at Keele University event


Carol Ann Duffy

Posted on 11 October 2012

A bottle of sherry donated and signed by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be raffled for charity at an event at Keele University.

The bottle forms part of the Butt of Sherry (720 bottles) presented to the Poet Laureate as payment by the Crown.

Stafford-born Carol Ann Duffy, the 22nd Poet Laureate and the first woman to hold the title, went to Spain to choose the sherry and the back label features a poem she wrote about the experience. The labels were designed by artist Stephen Raw.

The raffle will take place at a reading by top poet Simon Armitage on Wednesday, October 17.

The proceeds from the raffle and the event, which will include film footage and readings from Armitage's best-selling Walking Home and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, will go to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity, which supports women with breast cancer. Books will be available to purchase and Simon will be able to sign them after the reading.

The reading will take place on Wednesday, October 17, at 7.30pm in the Westminster Theatre in the Chancellor’s Building on campus. Tickets cost £5 each (£2.50 concessions) and can be bought from the Chancellor’s Building reception Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or by telephone 01782 734127.