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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
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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