The Written Word: Readings from the UK and US Poets Laureate

28th Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Edge Hill University

Two of the most distinguished poets in US and UK literature shared a stage at Edge Hill University for the first time in one of the highlights of the UK’s literary calendar.

The first Scottish and female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy read iconic poem Little Red Cap from famous collection The World’s Wife, as well as performing recent works such as Cold, a poem about her mother’s death, as well as a poem penned to lambast Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney’s recent wage demands on his club.

In contrast, Billy Collins, who has served two terms as US Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, and is famous for humour and irony in his work, performed poems from a forthcoming collection Horoscopes for the Dead, with a hilarious take on the life of a pet dog who hates his owner and an ode to jazz singer Johnny Hartman.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “Tonight the University has welcomed two of the most iconic poets from both sides of the Atlantic and we feel very lucky and privileged to have them perform their works here at Edge Hill University.” 

Watch the video:www.edgehill.ac.uk/video/125-event-poets-laurete-carol-ann-duffy-billy-collins