TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE: 100 POEMS THAT MATTER

Tell me the Truth About Life: 100 Poems That Matter will officially launch on Sunday at TGLE, featuring Cerys Matthews, Liz Berry, Raymond Antrobus and Henry Normal.

Be part of the poetry boom by joining Cerys and some of her favourite poets to launch a spectacular new anthology of poems that touch on truth, published for the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day.

Cerys Matthews by Paul Johnson

Cerys Matthews by Paul Johnson

Henry Normal - co-creator of Mrs Merton and The Royle Family - quit television for poetry "to tell the truth in a better way". He's joined by multiple award-winning poets Liz Berry and Raymond Antrobus, who will share their work - and read poems nominated by members of the public in response to a Cerys call-out.

Liz Berry by Adrian Pope

Liz Berry by Adrian Pope

Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection draws on the wisdom of the public through poems nominated for their insight into truth by people from all walks of life: from Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman to the artist Jackie Morris, from sporting heroes and world-famous musicians to typists and politicians.

Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman

Their choices include contemporary work by Yrsa Daley-Ward, Alice Oswald and Kei Miller alongside classics by Leonard Cohen, Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas. Here you will find poems to revive the spirit, ballads to mobilise and life-lines to hold you safe in the dark.

Tell Me The Truth About Life also contains nominations from a number of high-profile poetry lovers and poets, including Frank Skinner, Michael Morpurgo, Mark Gatiss, and Carol Ann Duffy.

It’s a book that reminds us we are never completely alone in our search to glimpse the truth.

The event will be chaired by Susannah Herbert of the Forward Arts Foundation, the charity behind National Poetry Day. Head to the Main Stage at 1pm on Sunday to be part of the launch.

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Tom Cronk