Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

A ThinkIn with Carol Ann Duffy: on family life, love and letting go

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

In Empty Nest: Poems for Families, Carol Ann Duffy has selected modern and classic poems on the tender lines between parent and child, growing old, the love of a parent, everyday family life and the milestone of leaving home. There are also poems that range into darker terrain: grief, loss and estrangement. Wry, moving, profound, funny, melancholic and wise; these poems will console and comfort those facing life in a house that is suddenly quieter and emptier.

Join us for a reflective and restorative ThinkIn with the former Poet Laureate, to listen to the poems, and explore how they resonate within our own families.

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. 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. She was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 2009–2019. 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.

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Matthew d’Ancona
Editor and Partner, Tortoise