Bedford School Arts Festival presents


Tuesday 27th June, 7.30pm

Mesmerising words and atmospheric music combine in this collaboration between Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson.

Ground-breaking writer and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism, unconventional attitudes and conventional forms has won her a wide audience of readers and listeners.  Works such as Rapture and The World’s Wife have earned her numerous awards, including The Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes. Multi-instrumentalist John Sampson has been a well-known and loved performer on the UK music scene for nearly forty years.

Together, the pair bring an hour of light and shade, laughter and reflection to The Quarry Theatre. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections. Lucid, honest and accessible, her writing explores both everyday experience and our inner worlds in deceptively simple, profoundly resonant poems. John will take us on a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years, played on a fascinating collection of instruments.

Be sure to see a vivacious literary icon and dazzling musician weaving words and music powerfully and humorously.


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