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WORDS welcomes National Poet of Wales

Posted on October 27 2014 at 9:36:10

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents a special appearance by Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales.

To mark the group’s 35th anniversary, Gillian has been commissioned to write a poem on WORDS which she will read in public for the first time during her appearance at Artrix on Friday November 7 at 8pm. Signed copies will be available.

Gillian is the third person to hold the position of National Poet of Wales, and the first woman. Although her parents were Welsh speakers, Gillian was brought up speaking only English and learnt to speak Welsh as an adult - partly as a form of rebellion. In 2008 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

In 2011 she was a member of the first ever judging panel for a new schools poetry competition named Anthologise, spearheaded by Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy. Gillian regularly reads her poetry for teenagers who are taking their English GCSEs.

In this centenary year of Dylan Thomas’s birth, Gillian will be reading some of the great Welsh poet’s work as well as her recently published “children’s story for grown ups|”, a commissioned response to Dylan’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.



Reflecting on Dylan Thomas recently she said “He seems greater and greater, the more I re-read him. The stories are up there with James Joyce. Influence? More than I had realised.”

Tickets £12 (students £6), available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or www.artrix.co.uk, or from WORDS on 0121 445 3485 or www.bromsgrovewords.com

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