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Poetry for Haiti

Poetry for Haiti
The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has invited 20 leading poets to perform at Central Hall Westminster at 2.30pm on Saturday 30 January 2010 in a fundraising event for the people of Haiti. Poets include Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Patten, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, John Agard, Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra, Grace Nichols, Ian Duhig, Elaine Feinstein, Lachlan Mackinnon, Maura Dooley, Robert Minhinnick and Jo Shapcott.
Saturday 30 January 2010, 2.30pm
Venue: Central Hall Westminster, London
Tickets are £10. Telephone 01497 822629 or at The Hay Festival website.
Tickets will be available at the door on the day for cash only.
All proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
This event has been made possible thanks to the huge generosity of the Guardian Hay Festival, Westminster Central Hall and Eclipse Sound and Light.
I’ve no doubt this will be an afternoon filled with memorable poetry, so if you’re in the area do treat yourself  with a ticket.

Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009: Part Six

Matt Merritt
The Ambulance Box by Andrew Philip (Salt Modern Poets)
Sounds in the Grass by Matt Nunn (Nine Arches Press)
The Clockwork Gift by Claire Crowther (Shearsman Books)
Aine MacAodha
The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets –
Poems and Essays
, edited by Joan McBreen (Salmon Poetry)
Listen by Shirley Howard Hall (Victory Graphics & Media)
New Selected Poems 1984 – 2004 by Carol Ann Duffy (Picador)
Heather Fowler
Ka-Ching! by Denise Duhamel (University of Pittsburgh Press)
A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers (Salt Modern Poets)
The Dance Most of All by Jack Gilbert (Knopf)
Graham Mummery
The Burning of the Books by George Szirtes (Bloodaxe Books)
The Embrace: Selected Poems by Valerio Magrelli,
translated by Jamie McKendrick (Faber & Faber)
Reaching Out to the World: New and Selected Prose Poems
by Robert Bly (White Pine Press)
Sue Guiney
Cailleach: The Hag of Beara by Leanne O’Sullivan (Bloodaxe Books)
mainstream love hotel by Todd Swift (tall-lighthouse)
Recital by John Siddique (Salt Modern Poets)
A Lope of Time by Ruth O’Callaghan (Shoestring Press)
Fiona Robyn
Broken Sleep by Sally Read (Bloodaxe Books)
Ohio Violence by Alison Stine (University of North Texas Press)
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe
(W. W. Norton & Co.)
Naomi Woddis
Continental Shelf by Fred D’Aguiar (Carcanet Press)
Suckle by Roger Robinson (Flipped Eye Publishing)
a pint for the ghost by Helen Mort (tall-lighthouse)
Dzifa Benson
Bird Head Son by Anthony Joseph (Salt Modern Poets)
Lara by Bernadine Evaristo (Bloodaxe Books)
Jeet Thayil
Poems: 1959 – 2009 by Frederick Seidel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Amy King
Stars of the Night Commute by Ana Božičević
(Tarpaulin Sky Press)
Ben Wilkinson
The Tethers by Carrie Etter (Seren Books)
Third Wish Wasted by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe Books)
Rain by Don Paterson (Faber & Faber)
Angela Kirby
Nowhere’s Far, New and Selected Poems 1990 – 2008
by Phil Bowen (Salt Modern Poets)
Poppy in a Storm-Struck Field by Lynne Wycherley
(Shoestring Press)
Third Wish Wasted by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe Books)
Dara Wier
Barn Burned, Then by Michelle Taransky (Omnidawn Publishing)
The Plot Genie by Gillian Conoley (Omnidawn Publishing)
Lost Alphabet by Lisa Olstein (Copper Canyon Press)
Legend of the Recent Past by James Haug
(The National Poetry Review Press)
Pink & Hot Pink Habitat by Natalie Lyalin (Coconut Books)
The Difficult Farm by Heather Christie (Octopus Books)

Carol Ann Duffy is named as Poet Laureate

The award-winning poet Carol Ann Duffy has just been named as the United Kingdom’s twentieth Poet Laureate, succeeding Andrew Motion after his ten years in the post.

Carol Ann Duffy gives her first interview as Poet Laureate.
Read more on the BBC News website and in The Guardian.
Carol Rumens’ Guardian blog post: 
Carol Ann Duffy’s talent is more important than her gender.