Poet Laureate celebrates World Book Day at Lancashire library

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Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be celebrating World Book Day by reading some of her own poems at Colne Library today.

The family-friendly event runs from 7.30pm to 9.15pm and features a reading of The Lancashire Witches.

The poem was commissioned by Green Close, a Lancashire arts organisation, to mark the 400th anniversary of the infamous Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612.

The evening also includes a reading of a poem called The Bees, taken from a collection of the same name.

It was chosen as part of the North West Poetry Places promotion which aims to show that libraries are the perfect place to enjoy poetry.

The poetry readings will be interspersed with music from multi-instrumentalist John Sampson.

County Coun Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “To have the poet laureate at one of our libraries on World Book Day is a wonderful coup for Lancashire.

“I’m sure the evening will be a memorable treat for poetry-lovers of all ages, and I’d like to thank the staff from our library service, together with our partners at Time to Read, for all their hard work in making the event happen.

“Our libraries offer a range of reading-related activities throughout the year, all aimed at encouraging literacy and spreading the joy of reading, so please get in touch with your local branch to see what’s happening in your area.”

Tickets for the reading cost £5 each or there is a group at £40 for a group of 10 people. To book tickets, call Colne Library on 01282 871155.