The Department of English Studies works with Durham Book Festival to appoint the Festival Laureate. This year’s laureate, the Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison, will be appearing in two public readings.
Born in Jamaica, where she grew up as one of nine children, Lorna Goodison is one of the most distinguished writers of her generation. She teaches in the Department of English and the Center for African and African American studies at the University of Michigan. Her many honours include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Gold Musgrave Medal from Jamaica, and the Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan.
On 25th October, Lorna will be exploring “The Poems That Made Me.” She will talk about the poems that influenced her as a young writer growing up in Jamaica. This free event takes place in St Chad’s College, starting at 9.00 pm. Those interested in attending should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
On 26th October, she will be presenting a special reading of her work for the Festival, including a newly commissioned poem. This event starts at 7.30 pm in Durham Town Hall. If you have not yet attended any Book Festival events or experienced the beautiful setting of Durham Town Hall, this is an ideal occasion to do so. For tickets and more information, see the Book Festival Programme.