Renowned poets heading to Lakes
Thursday, 23 April 2009
To accommodate the growing popularity of the programme, readings will take place at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere, a 13th century building situated close to the final resting place of William Wordsworth and his family.
This year’s programme has an international flavour, with some major poets making rare visits to the UK.
Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova, a close friend of Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak, will be reading his poems about hope in the aftermath of totalitarianism, with his translator, American poet Ellen Hinsey.
Acclaimed New Zealand poet and novelist C K Stead also makes a rare visit to Grasmere with his poems that feed on both classical forms and playful experiment.
Poetry in Grasmere will also play host for the first time to Carol Ann Duffy, one of Britain’s most popular poets, with her beautiful love poems and her sharp, cutting humour.
Like Simon Armitage, Duffy is also widely-tipped for the Laureateship.
As well as major names, the trust is continuing its history of giving space to younger writers tipped to be the major poets of the future.
Jen Hadfield, the surprise winner of the 2009 TS Eliot prize, pays her first visit to Grasmere, and there’s a chance to see Cumbrian poets Josephine Dickinson and Jeremy Over.
This year’s programme will run from this month to October, contact the trust for more details.