Centre for Regional Literature and Culture

A Festival of Public Readings and Talks


Speakers included the poets Patience Agbabi, Angela Leighton, Helen Mort, Matt Welton.

Saturday 21 May 2016

Highfield House,
University of Nottingham

Free of Charge (including readings, talks, lunch and refreshments).

Poets Laur
Poets Laureate Then and Now: Creating National and Local Identities through Poetry


Poets Laureate Then and Now: Creating National and Local Identities through Poetry

Poetry Matters - Now!

This unique event brought together contemporary poets and critics to explore the relationship between poetry and local and national identities.  It asked how - and why - poets throughout the ages have used their work to make complex connections to the world around them. It ranged from Viking poets writing in praise of King Cnut, via controversial Romantic bards, to Twenty-First Century regional Poets Laureate. It challenged ideas of poetry as self-contained and inward looking, and demonstrated its compelling relevance to our understanding of both key moments in the past and crucial debates in the present.

View the programme of events, our author biogaphies and a preview of the poems.

Download the Poets Laureate Then and Now poster [PDF].

Sponsored by the University Research Priority Area 'British Identities: Culture and Communication from the Archipelago to the Globe' and by the Centre for Regional Literature and Culture.


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