The case for the defence will be cross-examined by a panel of poets, who will debate the removal of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Education for Leisure’ from the school curriculum.
Hosted by the Leeds Salon, the debate ‘In Defence of Poetry’ is a joint event by The Poetry Business and The Cadaverine Magazine. It will take place on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 from 6.15pm (for an 8.30pm start) to 8.30pm.
Speakers George Szirtes, Ronan McDonald, Andrew McMillan and Michele Ledda will explore a number of questions around the issue in a debate chaired by Wes Brown.
Should children be protected from controversial literature? Should works be studied because of their literary merit or as springboards to discuss particular issues? Should students be taught to analyse poems in order to understand their meaning or should they be asked to provide a personal response? How important should poetry be in teaching English? Who should determine the content of the school curriculum and according to what criteria? What are the roles of the poet, the critic, the teacher and the reader in upholding the importance of poetry? And what, if any, is the role of government?
The debate will seek to address these questions and more on the night.
The Leeds Salon, Conference Room 1, The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.