Words and music: Carol Ann Duffy at Wakefield literary festival

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Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be performing with musician John Sampson at Wakefield’s Merchant Gate from 6-7.30pm on Thursday 26 September in one of the poetic highlights of Wakefield literary festival, on until 30 September. Other poets featuring on the festival bill are this year’s Glastonbury poet in residence Kate Fox, Dominic Berry, and John Cooper Clarke.  



St Ives festival, 14-28 September

King’s Lynn poetry festival, 21-23 September 

Wakefield Lit Fest, 21-30 September

Durham book festival, 24 September - 29 October 

Wigtown book festival, Dumfries and Galloway, 27 September - 6 October 

Exeter poetry festival, 30 September - 6 October 

Bristol poetry festival, 30 September - 6 October 



Durham book festival, until 29 October 

Havant literary festival, 1-11 October 

Essex poetry festival, 2-5 October

Swindon poetry festival, 3-6 October 

Cheltenham literature festival, 4-13 October 

Ilkley literature festival, 4-20 October, 

Morley literature festival, Leeds, 5-13 October

North Wales international poetry festival, Clywd theatre, 7 October ,

Manchester literature festival, 7-20 October 

Marsden poetry jam, jazz festival, Huddersfield, 11-13 October

Sheffield Off the Shelf festival of words, 12 October- 2 November 

Chester literature festival, 13-27 October 

Lancaster Litfest, 16-20 October 

Ryedale book festival, Malton, North Yorkshire, 19 October 

Torbay festival of poetry, 24-28 October



Aldeburgh poetry festival, 8-10 November 


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