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MMU’s Children’s Book Festival Gala Dinner: the pictures

Sleuth gets quizzical with Jeanette Winterson and Carol Ann Duffy

Published on July 6th 2010.


MMU’s Children’s Book Festival Gala Dinner: the pictures

So Sleuth went to the Children’s Book Festival Gala Dinner at the Midland Hotel on Friday. This was to mark Manchester Metropolitan University’s celebration of all things children and literary.

In the poem, a player says that the shirt is the ‘worst tattoo’ and even though he dreamed of sporting the shirt since he was a kid, wearing it now makes him ‘sick, weak and paranoid’. Which is what England fans felt at around 5pm a couple of Sundays ago.

The main guests were Manchester-based Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and Jeanette Winterson, novelist and essayist, who was born in the city and raised in Accrington.

Duffy was in the middle of being the Festival Director for a four-day programme (1-4 July) of events and activities featuring favourite children’s writers, illustrators, books and characters.

Sleuth elbowed his way on to the Carcanet table. Carcanet, led by Michael Schmidt, is Manchester’s main poetry publishing house – www.carcanet.co.uk. As a group they provided rip roaringly jolly company.

After some food that involved chicken, but which Sleuth can scarcely remember, Carol Ann Duffy got up to speak. It was good to see she'd brought a trumpeter with her; “The Queen gave me him,” she said. Nobody could quite explain why this was hilarious but it was.

One of the readings was of her new poem ‘The Shirt’, about the England players’ inability to perform at their best when they put on their country’s colours. In the poem, a player says that the shirt is the ‘worst tattoo’ and even though he dreamed of sporting the shirt since he was a kid, wearing it now makes him ‘sick, weak and paranoid’.

Which is what England fans felt at around 5pm a couple of Sundays ago.

Duffy likes to be engaged in the day to day happenings of the world. This has always been part of the Poet Laureate's role right from the 1600s when the position was created, but Duffy gets down and dirty with the contemporary more than any of the recent occupiers of office. She clearly relishes her very public poetical position, adores getting poetry talked about.

The poem, ‘The Shirt’, was auctioned and raised £1000 for the NSPCC. Other profits from the evening were divided between the NSPCC and projects in Manchester schools.

‘Oranges are not the only fruit’ author Jeanette Winterson then delivered a lively speech about the value of reading, how we should keep the fires of literature burning.

It was stirring stuff, the emotion kept on a high by the rousing music of the Frambuesas tango band.

As the dancing got under way Sleuth spent time doing his new favourite thing.

He wandered the tables asking people to look quizzical. He then took pictures of them, some guests doing it well and some less so - as the photos below show.

It took until midnight before anybody called the police.

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AnonymousJuly 8th 2010.

This article was billed as "The pictures". What a rubbish set of pictures.

KatrinaJuly 8th 2010.

I reckon anonymous has read the story: it's of people looking quizzical? I found it funny. Some are great.

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