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Shore to Shore poetry event, featuring Carol Ann Duffy, 21st June 2016

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has taken to the road alongside three of her fellow artists and a host of special guests to celebrate independent bookshops all over the country.


We here at Jaffe and Neale are very excited to announce that one of the stops they will be making during their tour will be here in Chipping Norton.


On Tuesday the 21st of June, starting at 7 pm, Carol Ann Duffy, joined by poets Gillian Clarke, Jackie Kay, and Imtiaz Dharker will be here in our very own St. Mary’s church to perform their work live, with musical accompaniment by John Sampson.

For more information, either ask us here in the shop, or visit

Tickets are £18, and are available here:

cadCarol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright who writes for children and adults alike. Over the years, she has been awarded the T.S Elliot Prize for her work Rapture, the Whitbread Award, as well as a Forward Prize, to name just a few of her accolades. In 2009, she was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate, the first woman ever to do so.



gcGillian Clarke is a Welsh poet, playwright, lecturer and translator. She has been shortlisted for the T.S Elliot Prize, and in 2008 she was named the National Poet of Wales. In 2010 she became the second Welsh person in history to receive the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.




Jackie Kay is a Scottish poet and novelist, who now lives in Manchester and is chancellor of Salford University. She has won a number of awards, most notably the Guardian Fiction Prize for her novel Trumpet, as well as the Scottish First Book of the Year in 1992. As of this year, she is the third holder of the post Makar, the Scottish Poet Laureate.



Imtiaz Dharker is an award winning poet and documentary film-maker. Her poems are prescribed on the British AQA GCSE English syllabus, and she is considered one of Britain’s most inspirational contemporary poets. As well as winning numerous awards and being elected a member of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011, both her art and her films have been exhibited around the world.


1 thought on “Shore to Shore poetry event, featuring Carol Ann Duffy, 21st June 2016

  1. Thank you so much for attracting such a first class, stellar event.
    Usually have to trek to London for anything close.
    Only criticism, one performance not nearly enough to take everything in – might have to shadow them all the way to Scotland which will be very inconvenient!

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