University College Utrecht welcomes the British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on campus. Duffy (1955), the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position of poet laureate, was appointed in 2009. She holds honory doctorates from various universities, and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Duffy’s poems, which have been characterized as ‘sensitive and witty with a feminist edge’, have the rare quality of being much-loved by the public as well as by her fellow-poets. Duffy will perform with the composer and virtuoso musician John Sampson, with whom she has a longstanding collaboration.
With response poems (in Dutch) by the Utrecht City Poets Guild and the presentation of the first translations of Duffy's poetry into Dutch by UU students of the MA Translation.