King’s Lynn Poetry Festival signs up comic writer

Wendy Cope ANL-160728-083915001
Wendy Cope ANL-160728-083915001
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Award-winning poet Wendy Cope, who has gained a reputation as a classic English humorist, is to take part in the 2016 King’s Lynn Poetry Festival this autumn.

Men in general are often the target for her barbed wit and long before Bridget Jones became popular, Cope was casting a satirical eye over the minefield of contemporary sexual politics.

Kit Wright ANL-160728-083904001

Kit Wright ANL-160728-083904001

She was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2010.

The list of writers for the annual event includes the acclaimed Elaine Feinstein and it is said “her poems allow us intimate access to the fears and consolations of family life, particularly in her moving elegies to her parents and the stringent yet tender poems about her long and ‘bumpy’ marriage.”

The poetry festival is scheduled for the weekend beginning Friday, September 30, and will be held at Lynn Town Hall where you can meet the authors, hear them reading and buy their books.

Those named in the programme also include: 
Kit Wright the author of 
more than 25 books for both adults and children; Heidi Williamson a poet, tutor and writing coach; Lachlan Mackinnon a teacher and a regular reviewer for the national press.

Matthew Caley who has been poet-in-residence at the Poetry Society café; Alan Brownjohn, writer, poet, and patron of the British Humanist Association; Mel Pryor 
who was awarded the Philip Larkin Society Poetry Prize at the Bridlington Poetry Festival for her poem ‘Three stops from St. Francis Comprehensive’; Josep Lluis Aguilo who was awarded the National Critics’ prize for the best book of poems written in Catalan; and national poetry competition winner Christopher James.

Tickets for all events are £8.50, available in advance or on the door, student concession £1 (£5 for the weekend) and a weekend pass is available at £37.50.

For further information contact Tony Ellis on 01553 691661 (office hours), 01553 761919 (other times) or email to