Saturday, 27 September 2008

Birkdale nightingale and giggling school girls

Last night the Southport Art Centre held a poetry reading with Carol Ann Duffy and local poet Jean Sprackland.

Readers may recall that the Southport poet won the Costa Poetry prize with her collection 'Tilt'. The reading was part of 'Sefton Celebrates Writing' Festival.
I would guess that Carol Ann Duffy was better known by the audience many of whom seem to know her poems by heart. Her verses looking at myths and tales from the wife’s point of view was the high point of the first part along with the extended poem about giggling girls closing down Stafford High. After the interval Jean Sprackland came into her own as she seemed to find more time to set up the poems and explain their context. It is fascinating to have a poet writing about the Birkdale and our ‘nightingale’ If you’ve not read her poems Broadhurst Bookshop stock them all