THE OPEN UNIVERSITY IN SCOTLAND EVENT
Carol Ann Duffy: ‘You Danced On the Road, Blowing Kisses’
- Fri 20 Aug 10:00 - 11:00
- The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
Pay what you can to watch online. Available live, then on-demand after the event.
Attend in person
‘Your vacant room / is a still-life framed by the unclosed door; / read by sunlight, an open book on the floor.’ This plaintive cry will be familiar to many empty nesters who have seen a child grow up and leave home. Written by Carol Ann Duffy, it opens a wonderful new anthology edited by the former Poet Laureate, featuring 99 poems on the subject of families and the inevitable moment when children grow up and leave. Overflowing with affection, Empty Nest is a collection that feels especially apt when the pandemic has either forced families to stay together, or unfairly kept them apart. Alongside Duffy’s there are poems by a stellar cast including Sharon Olds, Tony Harrison, Jackie Kay and Eavan Boland. Expect a richly emotional hour of love and familial longing with one of our finest and best-loved poets, with musical accompaniment by John Sampson.
This is a live event with an author Q&A. Authors and participants will be on stage, in the venue. After the event, Carol Ann Duffy will be doing an in-person book signing on the Festival site.