POETRY SUPERSTAR AT KEELE UNIVERSITY
Carol Ann Duffy is one of Britain's most revered and best loved poets. An article in the Guardian newspaper stated: 'In the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar'.
She was born in Glasgow in 1955 but grew up in Stafford and attended local schools before going to the University of Liverpool, where she studied philosophy. After graduating she worked for Granada Television before moving to London. In the early 1980s she took up freelance writing and held a C. Day Lewis Fellowship, which enabled her to work as a writer in residence in East End Schools between 1982 and 1984.
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.
Carol Ann Duffy was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Keele University in 2003 for her Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Britain, especially in the World of Poetry.
The reading will take place in the University's Westminster Theatre at 6.30 pm. Tickets for the event are £10 (concessions £5). For further information contact Julie Kershaw on 01782 584169 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.