Bees, Honey and Poetry at the Abergavenny Food Festival 2010

Carol Ann & Gillian

Bees, honey and food-inspired poetry were all on the menu as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke read their work at the Angel Hotel on the opening night of the twelfth Abergavenny Food Festival in September 2010.

Over 160 people attended an entertaining and inspiring reading including food related poems and new works at the Angel Hotel on Thursday 16 September. Amongst other pieces Gillian Clarke read her new poem Wild Plums which has been produced as a collectable tea towel for the festival.

Since becoming Poet Laureate in 2009 Carol Ann Duffy has written on subjects as disparate as the Post Office abolishing Authority names for postal addresses, the parliamentary expenses scandal and David Beckham’s injured heel. Carol Ann’s poem Virgils Bees was used by the local community Arts Group, Arts Alive in a series of workshops to create the 3D installations of flowers and bees displayed in the Market Hall during the Festival.

Gillian Clarke also entertained 80 diners with her poetry at The Bell, Skenfrith as part of the Abergavenny Food Festival events. Gillian as National Poet of Wales added a literary flavour to ‘A Really Welsh Lunch‘ and enthralled diners in four different rooms.