LitFest Goes Wild
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October 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm£10.00
Festival Finale : Poetry
Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales. Her work is studied by GCSE and A-Level students throughout Britain. She is part of the GCSE Poetry Live Team which includes John Agard, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage amongst others.
She was born in Cardiff and loved words from an early age, her favourite being ‘pandemonium’ for a while. Her life changed when an aunt took her to the theatre at Stratford on Avon.
She sees poetry as one of the most valuable gifts people have and the only work of art one can own for free – just write it in your notebook or memorise it, and it’s yours. Words live forever – Shakespeare, John Donne, Seamus Heaney – they’re all embedded in the language.
Gillian says her poems are just her telling the truth, and that she writes factually. She also views words as exceptionally powerful things and cites the example of reading to a depressed man who hadn’t spoken for years. He suddenly stood up and recited Wordsworth’s Daffodils, exclaiming “I always did love poetry”.