Bees are the batteries of orchards,
gardens, guard them…
After last month’s wonderful visit from Read Regional poets Christy Ducker and Anne Ryland, in October we will be returning to our usual format of meeting a poet on the page. We are fortunate in anticipating a visit from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to Durham Book Festival to coincide with a the premiere of her new version of Rapunzel, specially written for balletLORENT. Carol Ann will also be giving a reading at the Gala Theatre, Durham, on Friday 19 October at 6.30pm. If you come along to October’s Poetry Room, you will be entitled to a free ticket for this event.
We will be looking at Carol Ann Duffy’s latest collection – The Bees (Picador 2011). It is a tour de force, evoking diverse instances of loss, captured in the powerful image of the world’s vulnerable bee population. As well as the destruction of the natural world, the violence of war also provokes sorrow and a longing for poetry to act like a spell and unwind the various unwelcome events the poet must bear witness to.
These are poems that make new myths out of old – about love and the land, time and the child, death and the mother. It crackles with dazzling wordplay, intense pleasure and virtuosity with the language itself, and the palpable, utterly human, tension between holding-on/celebrating and letting-go/mourning.
Poems that we will be reading include:
The Female Husband
The English Elms
The Woman in the Moon
Cockermouth and Workington
A Rare Bee
You’re in danger of missing a chance to discuss one of the finest books by one of our finest poets in advance of her visit to the North East if you miss the Poetry Room this month. Do come along to the City Library (third floor, behind the fiction section) on Tuesday 2 October, 6pm-8pm. We looking forward to seeing you.
NB: CAROL ANN DUFFY AT DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL
For those of you who are going, Carol Ann Duffy’s reading in Durham will take place at the Gala Theatre (before Rapunzel) at 6.30pm on Friday 19 October. There will be musical accompaniment from John Sampson and the event will last approximately one hour.
See you there.