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Poet Laureate Inspires Sixth Form

Tuesday, 06 July 2010

Carol Ann Duffy, the UK's Poet Laureate, inspired students from Bolton School Girls' and Boys' Sixth Forms as part of their Gifted and Talented Programme.  

Mrs Gill Richards, Headmistress of the Girls' Division said: "It was a real privilege to welcome the first female Poet Laureate to Bolton School.  Lectures like these help enhance the students' understanding of the real world and help inspire them in their studies and future aspirations.  The presentation was part of a Learning Support programme which aims to enrich the students' learning experience and develop their thinking skills." 

The Poet Laureate treated the students to numerous recitals from her wide repertoire of work.  There were readings from her highly acclaimed The World's Wife anthology, including Mrs Faust, From Mrs Tiresias and Mrs Darwen, all of which offer a feminist view on life from the perspective of the partner of these famous mythological and real male characters.   

Her readings also included Cold, The Human Bee and Atlas.  The most topical poem that she read was entitled The Shirt and had been inspired by footballer Wayne Rooney's rant at the tv camera as he left the field after England's recent disappointing World Cup draw with Algeria. 

Carol Ann finished the session with a reading called John Barleycorn - a lament for, and a celebration of, the Great British pub.  She then signed books for staff and girls before enjoying a buffet lunch with teachers and pupils and Dr Jim Wild of the University of Lancaster, who also delivered a lecture to the students. 

Carol Ann Duffy is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 2009.

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Carol Ann Duffy and Sixth Form girls

Carol Ann Duffy is thanked by the Head Girls for her inspirational readings