Poets for Haiti: Sunday 28 February

February 11, 2010

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is leading a once-in-a lifetime line-up of award winning Scottish and UK poets at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake disaster appeal.

20 of the foremost poets in the land are coming together for an unforgettable evening of the finest poetry for the most urgent of causes. The event was inspired by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Don Paterson. Poets reading on the night include such major literary figures as Alasdair Gray, Douglas Dunn, Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie and Sean O’Brien (the only writer to take the UK’s top two poetry awards – the Forward Prize and T S Eliot Prize – in the same year); as well as four UK poets laureate – Liz Lochhead (Glasgow), Ron Butlin (Edinburgh), Gillian Clarke (Wales) and Carol Ann Duffy.

The evening will be a fitting finale to the hugely successful and popular Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Carry A Poem campaign, run in collaboration with us, which is highlighting the power of poetry in people’s lives – in schools, communities, projected onto buildings in the capital and more.

The event will take place at the Queen’s Hall on Sunday 28 February starting at 6pm. Tickets cost £15 or £10 and are available from the Queen’s Hall, their website, and on the door on the night. Don Paterson said “We’ve been completely overwhelmed with the speed and generosity of our colleagues’ response – it should all add up to the most spectacular poetry event ever seen north of the border, and we hope as many people as possible will come along and show their support.”

All participants have generously given their time in order that the proceeds from ticket sales and donations can be passed to Mercy Corps for the Haiti Earthquake Emergency Appeal. Please spread the word, and better yet, bag yourself a ticket. It’s likely to be a wonderful event for an excellent cause, and we’ll be delighted to see some familiar faces there.

3 Responses to “Poets for Haiti: Sunday 28 February”

  1. lafourmiautodidacte Says:

    For the Haitian People,

    Vaccines *

    Is hungry

    Needs care

    For his children,
    Is sad.

    Anick Roschi
    Port-au-Prince 12.01.10

    ( *Traditional instrument, bamboo trumpets for parades of street.The name of “vaccines“ are, larger with smallest : manman, chalmail, mondesi, peti, tipeti. )


    Best regards,
    Anick Roschi


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