Press Release 17-December 2010 on Poetry in Motion Print

Press release


Poetry in Motion?

With poetry enjoying a resurgence in the public arena and Manchester’s own Carol Ann Duffy elevated to Poet Laureate, the Manchester Salon is hosting a debate on the relevance of poetry to our everyday lives.


Poetry has not been short on headlines recently, from the controversy over the election of the Oxford Professor of Poetry to poet Michael Rosen’s withering attacks on the education system.


On the big screen poets have surfaced in Bright Star (Keats) and even pop artists are getting in on the act, with Mike Scott of Waterboys fame setting music to verse by WB Yeats.


But while many praise the therapeutic qualities of poetry in helping us cope with the stresses of the hectic, 24-7 modern world, some recoil when poems such as Duffy’s ‘Education for Leisure’ have an apparently more disturbing message.


Where can we draw a line between opening up difficult and complex works of literature to an unfamiliar audience, and simply being patronising? Is seeking relevance a response to the challenge to ‘make it new’ for another generation, or does it risk losing some of the original value and meaning? In a climate where so much of academia and education is encouraged to demonstrate its ‘impact’, can or should poetry justify itself? What is poetry for and how should it be taught?


The discussion will be introduced by Angelica Michelis, senior lecturer in the department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University and by Dr Anthony Rowland, professor of literary studies at the University of Salford where he teaches creative writing and literature.


Date:  Wednesday 19 January 2011. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30pm for 6:45pm start. Tickets are £5 from Blackwell Bookshop.

Venue: Blackwell University Bookshop, The Precinct, Oxford Road, Manchester


For further details on the event and Manchester Salon’s activities, contact Simon Belt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:41
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