Pints, poems and pork pies as poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy set to grace pub

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be at The Chase School, Malvern, and the Lamb and Flag on Tuesday. Picture by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire (s)

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be at The Chase School, Malvern, and the Lamb and Flag on Tuesday. Picture by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire (s)

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PINTS and poems will be enjoyed as a pub prepares to welcome the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy on Tuesday.

The Scottish poet will begin the day running workshops at The Chase School before visiting The Lamb and Flag, The Tything at 7.30pm.

Landlord Garry Jones said they were excited to have her return and there are even plans to create a special pork pie in her honour.

Carol Ann will be reading at the pub alongside poets Martin Lytton and Michael Woods as well as the band Bitteroots.

A regular visitor to the Lamb and Flag, this is the second official reading from the poet laureate at the pub having performed there in 2009.

Landlord Garry Jones, said: “I am delighted that Carol Ann will be reading for us again.

"She has had a very busy and successful time as poet laureate and is therefore in massive demand.

"It is wonderful that she has made the time to make a welcome return.

"She has been here many times over the years, most recently a couple of weeks ago when she sampled one of our pork pies.

"Narraways butchers in St John’s, which supplied them, plan to make a special pie for the occasion.

"Dare I suggest that once she has tried it she will be our pie-ate laureate?

"It is also a pleasure to be able to support local arts education, something that all our sponsors believe in.

"The Lamb and Flag is a frequent host to musical, poetic and artistic events and is proud to be associated with the poet laureate."

Earlier in the day, Carol Ann will read her work to students at the Malvern school during a workshop to tie in with the students’ current poetry writing on the theme of conflict and war.

They have been asked to write poems about war for a competition with the top ten entries set to be published in a commemorative pamphlet.

The top two young poets will be invited to read alongside Carol Ann Duffy on Friday, October 17 in the Great Hall at Malvern College where there will be an evening of reflections on The Great War in poetry, prose and music.

Carol Ann has edited an anthology of poems commemorating the centenary of First World War and is working in partnership with The Chase and the Autumn in Malvern Festival.

The festival is now in its 25th year and spearheaded by Peter Smith, a former Chase student.

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