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Artists Come Together for Poetry at The Hive

National Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will be headlining at one of three poetry events taking place at The Hive.

Britain’s first female poet laureate and mesmerising performer, Carol Ann Duffy, will read from her recent collections including, aptly, The Bees on Thursday, June 5 at 7pm and will be joined by multi-talented musician, John Sampson.

It is part of a vibrant series of poetry events being hosted in the intimate studio space at the iconic Hive as part of a partnership between the University of Worcester’s Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts, Worcestershire Literature and Fringe Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and The Hive.

The first of the three events ‘Poetry and Place’ is on Friday, April 11 at 7.30pm. Award-winning poets Fiona Sampson, Martin Malone, David Caddy and Angela France, will read poems where ‘place’ is not just the geographical environment that inform the poems, but also the human histories that unfold there.

On Friday, May 9 at 7.30pm local poets Ruth Stacey and Sarah James headline ‘Poetry and Pollination’ where poems spread ideas and words. Three minute guest slots are available for people who wish to perform on the night. Poets can contact to request a slot.

Dr Jill Terry, Head of English at the University of Worcester, said: “We are very pleased that our association with the Ledbury Poetry and Worcestershire Literary Festivals has enabled us to stage this series of poetry events at The Hive.

“It is amazing to be able to bring our National Poet Laureate to Worcester as the culmination of the series and to fully realise the potential of our partnership working. It has been our very natural ambition to hear Carol Ann Duffy reading from The Bees at The Hive.”

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at The Hive, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many critically acclaimed poets to The Hive, as well as one of Britain’s most significant names in contemporary poetry.

“We envisage that this series of creative performances will be the start of more wonderful readings of poetry at The Hive.”

Tickets for ‘Poetry and Place’ on 11 April at 7.30pm and ‘Poetry and Pollination’ on 9 May at 7.30pm are £5. Tickets for Carol Ann Duffy on 5 June at 7pm are £10. All tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at The Hive Level 1 Information Desk and at the University of Worcester Arena reception or by phone on 01905 54 44 44.