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Carol Ann Duffy: the legacy of the Laureateship

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This conference takes place at the close of the first, historic, UK Poet Laureateship held by a woman, the contemporary British poet, Carol Ann Duffy.  It evaluates forty-five years of her literary work in the light of ten years of her public engagement with the people of the United Kingdom and the world as the country’s literary figurehead.  Three aspects of Duffy’s creative identity are emphasised: her literary, specifically her poetic legacy, her political legacy (relating to local, national and international activism) and the legacy of her life and work for women and the development of queer identities.  In addition to its specific focus on this Poet Laureate’s life and work, the conference culminates in a panel discussion featuring experts from the media, publishing and poetry industries about the purpose and value of the Laureateship itself and the future of British poetry in a ‘Brexit Britain’ impacted by austerity.

Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Edge Hill University

Speakers include:
Kathryn Ailes
, University of Strathclyde
Dr David Alderson, Manchester University
Anthony Anaxagorou, Outspoken Press
Dr Aidan Byrne, Wolverhampton University
Dr Emily Critchely, Greenwich University
Dr Emma Deeks, Birkdale High School (Sefton LEA)
Dr Niamh Downing, Falmouth University
Professor Alice Entwistle, University of South Wales
Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Edge Hill University
Dr Angelica Michelis, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Kei Miller, University of Exeter 
Dr Ozlem Aydin Öztürk, Bulent Ecevit University
Judith Palmer, The Poetry Society
Professor Deryn Rees Jones, University of Liverpool
Sue Roberts, BBC
Peter Straus, Coleridge and White 

A draft programme is available here.

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Standard Admission: £75 both days, £40 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments. 
Concessions: £35 both days, £20 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments. 
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled. 

Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.

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