Carol Ann Duffy Welsh Valleys Tour

Carol Ann Duffy

On Friday 24 October 2008, one hundred and thirty students and members of the general public enjoyed stimulating readings from celebrated poet Carol Ann Duffy on a whistle-stop day tour around the South Wales Valleys.

During the day, Carol Ann took students through a selection of her poetry, including works which are currently are being studied as part of the ‘A’ Level syllabus. Pupils from Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer, Porth and Caldicot Comprehensive School were able to hear the voice of a poet, the phrasings and pauses and emphases and generally come to an understanding of pieces which they had otherwise only seen as poems on the page. Carol Ann was more than happy to read particular poems on request and to answer questions from the pupils about the how and why of her work.

The final event, held in Abertridwr Library on Friday evening included readings and discussion with Merthyr poet Mike Jenkins. The session attracted a highly appreciative audience of students and general public.

Carol Ann Duffy has read in south Wales on a number of occasions and always enjoys the critical appreciation of the audiences and the warmth of the response.

Mike Jenkins.