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Poetry Life for Haiti to help earthquake victims

29th January 2010

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has brought together some of the UK's most prestigious poets to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Held tomorrow (January 30th) at Westminster Central Hall, Poetry Life for Haiti will be a Live Aid-style literary event which aims to raise GBP 20,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Among those reading at the charity effort will be former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Costa prize winning Christopher Reid and Gillian Clarke, the national poet of Wales.

Speaking to the Independent, Duffy commented: 'Poetry is the music of being human. We all suffer bereavement, distress, fall in love, have children. The reason there has been this huge reaction to the earthquake is because we imagine the horror of it.'

Brian Patten, Roger McGough, Imtiaz Dharker, Grace Nichols and Jo Shapcott are also among the 23 poets reading at the event, which is expected to feature new material written about the disaster.

In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, Duffy praised the 'poetry' in the Arctic Monkeys' lyrics and compared the band to songwriting greats such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

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