Autumn 2016 Programme

The Centenary lecture series curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, will bring leading UK and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University's stunning state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus.


Autumn 2016- Literature Centenary Lectures
The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Thursday 10th November 7:30 pm

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson - The Poet Laureate and her Court Musician   

‌‘In the world of British poetry Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar’ - The Guardian ‌

The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and her favourite court musician John Sampson bring an hour of light and shade, laughter and reflection to Swansea. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her profoundly resonant poems explore everyday experience and our inner worlds with great insight, humour and sharp intelligence.

Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009, the first woman to hold the post in its 350-year history. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list. Carol Ann is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.‌ ‌

John Sampson SU related item Alongside her words, John Sampson performs a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.  ‌

Followed by a book-signing with Carol Ann Duffy. ‌

Tickets: £12 unreserved. Tickets £10 each when you also book for The National Poets of Wales and Scotland.  Students/Schools £5

Photo Credit Carol Ann Duffy: Michael J Woods | Photo Credit John Sampson: Marius Alexander

Thursday 17th November 7:30 pm

An evening with Michael Morpurgo

‘From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller’ - The Guardian

At this exclusive event Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers reads from and discusses his new book Such Stuff: A Story-maker’s Inspiration, a revealing and insightful mediation upon the wellsprings and sources of his many books and tales.

Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His WW1 novel, Private Peaceful has been adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and made into a film, directed by Pat O'Connor. Michael was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006.

Followed by a Q & A 

FREE EVENT but booking is essential in association with Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

Photo Credit: Harper Collins

Thursday 15th December 2016 7:30 pm

The National Poets of Wales and Scotland

Join Jackie Kay Makar, National Poet for Scotland and Ifor Ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales for an evening of poetry and conversation.

Jackie Kay is an award winning poet, novelist and writer of short stories. She was born and brought up in Scotland but now lives in Manchester, where she is chancellor of Salford University. She has written all her life. Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards. Her first novel Trumpet won the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her first novel for children, Strawgirl, a lyrical slice of magical realism, was a huge critical success. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. In 2016 she was named the new Makar, National Poet for Scotland.  Listen to Jackie Kay on BBC Radio 4.  

National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. Ifor has won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod on two occasions, first in 1999 and most recently at the Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod in 2013. From 2008-2009 Ifor was Bardd Plant Cymru, the Welsh-language Children’s Laureate. Ifor works at Cwmni Da, an independent television and film production company of which he was a founding member. He has won several BAFTA Cymru awards for his work including the Lleisiau’r Rhyfel Mawr and Popeth yn Gymraeg series. Ifor has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language.

Followed by a Q & A and book-signing with the poets.

Tickets: £12 unreserved. Tickets £10 each when you also book for Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson.  Students/Schools £5

At all events, books will be available to purchase from local independent bookshop Cover to Cover.

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