Shore 2 Shore with Carol Ann Duffy and others

Shore 2 Shore 2018

The Aldeburgh Bookshop in association with Pan Macmillan and Poetry in Aldeburgh are delighted to welcome Shore 2 Shore to Aldeburgh on Tuesday 19th June at 7 pm in Aldeburgh Parish Church.

We will have readings by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy; the former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; the Makar, Jackie Kay; Queen's Gold Medal winning poet, Imtiaz Dharker; Forward Prize-winning East Anglian poet Rebecca Goss; and the musician John Sampson. 

Timetable on Tuesday June 19th 2018

6.30 pm         Doors open.  Drinks and nibbles.

7.00 pm         Introduction

7.02 pm         John Sampson musical introduction

7.05 pm         Gillian Clarke

7.20 pm         Guest Poet Rebecca Goss

7.30 pm         John Sampson interlude

7.35 pm         Jackie Kay

7.50 pm         Interval

8.05 pm         John Sampson introduction

8.10 pm         Imtiaz Dharker

8.25 pm         John Sampson interlude

8.30 pm         Carol Ann Duffy

8.45 pm         Conclusion and Book Signing

(One hour and 45 minutes)

In 2016, Picador organised the hugely successful Shore to Shore tour in association with the Booksellers Association and in support of the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW). The brainchild of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the tour saw Duffy and her hand-picked fellow artists travelling across the UK, performing their work, celebrating independent bookshops and bringing poetry to the heart of the communities that they serve. 1,500 miles were covered, audiences of well over 3,000 attended 15 events and nearly 2,000 books were sold.

The new tour, running throughout IBW 2018 is part of Pan Macmillan’s ‘Macmillan 175’ celebrations, as well as twenty-one years of Picador Poetry.  Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse will be published by Picador in paperback on 14th June 2018.

We are thrilled to be a part of this cross country tour.  Tickets @ £15.00 each include a glass of wine are on sale now.

Griffin Books, Penarth (Sat 16 June)
Topping & Co. Booksellers, Bath (Sun 17 June)
Newham Books, London (Mon 18 June)
The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh (Tues 19 June)
The Bookshop, Kibworth (lunchtime signing, Weds 20 June)
The Book Case, Lowdham (Weds 20 June)
White Rose Books, Thirsk (Thurs 21 June)
Atkinson-Pryce Books, Biggar (Fri 22 June)
Bookpoint, Dunoon (Sat 23 June)

Carol Ann Duffy said: ‘After the inspiring success of Shore to Shore in 2016, Shore 2 Shore fulfils my promise to visit and celebrate some of the Independent Bookshops we missed last time. With glad hearts, we are climbing back in the Tour Bus and journeying from Penarth to Dunoon to pay tribute to Bookshops, readers and poetry, picking up a different poet at each stop to perform on the pilgrimage.’

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