University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Performing Arts presents Word 2015
Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead and Gillian Clarke with music by John Sampson
Carol Ann Duffy, the UK's Poet Laureate, has single-handedly brought poetry to a mass audience with work that is sublimely beautiful, deeply moving, outrageously funny, and above all, accessible. She reaches all ages and has read to audiences of school pupils numbering thousands. She has redefined the Laureateship for the 21st Century, and in performance she is mesmerising.
Liz Lochhead is Scotland’s Makar, or Poet Laureate (a post in which she succeeded the great Edwin Morgan). She is a much loved poet and dramatist (her play Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off is a modern classic). Her work is hugely popular with all ages and she recently published a representative selection, A Choosing: The Selected Poems.
Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales and her many awards include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. She is also a successful playwright. With Carol Ann Duffy she has read to thousands of school pupils and she is part of the GCSE Poetry Live team. Her latest poetry collection is Ice. Like her fellow Laureates she is a powerfully impressive reader of her own work.