Paul Farley: An Audience with Durham Book Festival’s Poet Laureate 2014


Every year Durham Book Festival works with our Centre for Poetry and Poetics to appoint a leading poet as Festival Laureate. In 2014, Paul Farley fulfilled the role and wrote a new poem especially for the festival. At this exclusive public event, Paul read from his commissioned poem for the first time.

Paul Farley is a multi-award-winning poet, author and broadcaster. He has published four poetry collections with Picador, most recently The Dark Film, which was shortlisted for the 2012 TS EIiot Prize. His book, Edgelands, a non-fiction journey into England’s overlooked wilderness (co-authored with Michael Symmons Roberts) was published in 2011 and received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award. Paul Farley is a professor of poetry at Lancaster University.

Introduced by Professor Stephen Regan, Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

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