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An evening with Carol Ann Duffy

The last event of the year - taking place in the beautiful parish church of Aylsham - promises to round 2016 off with great style. The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be reading from collections spanning her whole career, and with the humour and charm which are the hallmarks of her public appearances she will once again remind us of the importance that poetry can play in all our lives. She will be joined by the musician John Sampson who travels with a collection of wired and wonderful instruments: Together they present a show which is by turns uplifting, touching and hugely entertaining. A perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit! Carol Ann will sign books, which will be for sale, after the reading. This event will be popular so book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available from the Book Hive by phone, email or in person. £15, £12 for under 18s

Please remember, first of all, that the event is in St Michael's ChurchAylsham behind the market place, and NOT in the Town Hall as previous events have been. Your name will be on the door if you have booked and paid for it - there are no physical tickets. There is no organised car parking but there are a couple of public car parks in the town and some street parking, so look them up before if you are unsure. There is also a regular bus service from Norwich and Cromer. The doors will open at 6.30pm and Carol Ann will probably start around 7pm. However both her and John Sampson are travelling long distances that day to be here, so if it's a few minutes later we shall have to bear with them! There will be drinks being served and lots of books to browse and buy (cash and card accepted) before hand for the signing at the end, so if you are a bit early you wont be left in the cold! The evening is advertised to end at 9.30pm, but this includes book signing time, so you could leave earlier. If you are hoping to book a table for dinner somewhere, I would suggest 9.00pm to be safe.

I hope this answers any questions you might have, but feel free to call the shop if not. See you there!