Sponsored by The Poetry Business
Following the censoring of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem Education for Leisure from the school curriculum, poets, critics, teachers and students will debate the significance of this ban.
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?
Guest Chair: Wes Brown, writer and novelist.