Described last year by Tom Paulin as 'the best poetry indeed literary festival' he'd ever been to, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival is renowned for the quality and independence of its programming. Mixing famous names, international writers and intriguing new or overlooked talents, the 2010 Festival welcomes poets from America, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sweden and from all over the UK to the inspirational East Suffolk coast.
Former UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion shares the poems he can't live without; Queen's Gold Medallist Don Paterson offers a fresh interpretation of Robert Frost; Elaine Feinstein confides in her relationship with The Beats; and Bernard Kops tackles the writer's responsibility to be subversive. Plus plenty of international perspectives from New Zealand's inaugural poet laureate Bill Manhire, Sweden's critically-acclaimed Lars Gustafsson, Holland's enigmatic Toon Tellegen, and two scintillating Americans making UK debuts, Marie Howe and Dorianne Laux. The award-winning travel writer, documentary film-maker and contemporary poetry enthusiast Hugh Thomson will blog the Festival weekend.
Details of the full Festival programme of forty-four events (12 free), held in venues throughout the small seaside town of Aldeburgh, can be found at: www.thepoetrytrust.org
Source: The Poetry Trust
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