Patience Agbabi

Telling Tales


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Patience Agbabi is one of the UK's foremost poets. For this event she will be performing work from her latest book Telling Tales - a retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century.

Mining the Middle-English masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, her boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain's most significant works of poetry thrilling new life. Following a book launch in 2014 at Southwark Cathedral, Patience has toured the book with to a wide range of literary festivals and venues.

Simon Armitage called Telling Tales "The liveliest versions of Chaucer you're likely to read" and Jeanette Winterson called it "a pilgrimage of punks, badasses, broken hearts, beat poets, silver-tongued fixers, town criers, beauties, sinners."
Patience studied English Language and Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. Her writing and performance has appeared on radio and TV worldwide. She has toured widely with the British Council and independently.

Part of the Rhyme and Reason 6 poetry festival.


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