Following the visit of author Francesca Haig, we are continuing our Knowles Library Author events with the visit of renowned poet Patience Agbabi in connection with the English Department. We are particularly pleased to welcome Patience as our students have been studying her work. Patience will be reading from some of her work, discussing writing techniques and taking questions.
Here are a few examples:
‘T’abard Inn to Canterb’ry Cathedral,
Poet pilgrims competing for free picks,
Chaucer Tales, track by track, it’s the remix
From below-the-belt base to the topnotch;
I won’t stop all the clocks with a stopwatch
when the tales overrun, run offensive,
or run clean out of steam, they’re authentic
and we’re keeping it real, reminisce this:
Chaucer Tales were an unfinished business.’
In Telling Tales award-winning poet Patience Agbabi presents an inspired 21st-Century remix of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales retelling all of the stories, from the Miller’s Tale to the Wife of Bath’s in her own critically acclaimed poetic style.
Reinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new. Whether resurrecting the dead in ‘Problem Pages’, playing out noir dramas in ‘Vicious Circle’, or capturing moments of her own life in perfect snapshot, Agbabi’s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.
‘They call me Jax, though my real name’s Eva
The whole of the Jackson Five rolled into one serious diva
No.1 on the guest list, top of the charts
When I make my grand entrance, the sea of sequins parts…’
From Hamburg to Jo’burg, Oslo to Soho, Patience Agbabi follows her critically acclaimed debut collection R.A.W., with Transformatrix, an exploration of women, travel and metamorphosis. Inspired by 90s poetry, 80s rap and 70s disco, Transformatrix is a celebration of literary form and constitutes a very potent and telling commentary on the realities of late twentieth century Britain. It is also a self-portrait of a poet whose honesty, intelligence and wit manages to pack a punch, draw a smile and warm your heart all at once.
Years 12 and 13 students are invited to take part in this event. Parents are also most welcome!
Please book your place for this free event via: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Angela email@example.com