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A Poet Laureate's Peterloo

A Poet Laureate's Peterloo

Duffy, Carol Ann, 1955-; McMillan, Ian, 1956-

Poetry and song specially commissioned to commemorate The Peterloo Massacre - curated by the outgoing Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and presented by Ian McMillan. The Peterloo Massacre was the name given to a peaceful pro-democracy rally which took place on August 16th 1819, made up of around fifty thousand men, women and children, who were attacked by an armed cavalry; eighteen people were killed, and hundreds injured. The massacre inspired art and poetry at the time, including ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The aspirations of the protesters and the shock of their violent repression still resonate with writers and artists today. Ian McMillan welcomes poets Carol Ann Duffy, Clare Shaw, Mark Pajak and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams to perform their new commissions in front of an audience at Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester (the wall on the southern side of the building is only piece of infrastructure that would have been at the site of the massacre

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Published UK: BBC, 2019

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Note: Recorded off-air from BBC Radio 4 on 17/08/19
Physical Description: 1 online audio recording
Subject: Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England, 1819; Poetry
Restrictions: Access to this resource is within the UK only.