Kodak EasyShare C613 Photo #26 PAUL MULDOON SIGNING

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Paul Muldoon signing books for the full-house audience at Durham Cathedral Chapter House for the closing event of the Durham Book Festival 2013. In his role as festival laureate a new poem has been specially written, I hope to get a copy in due course. Following a welcome from the Chapter House and a brief prayer Paul Muldoon was introduced to the audience by Professor Stephen Regan. I thought his introductory speech was so good that I emailed him a note of my appreciation and he kindly sent me a copy as requested. Here it is: Professor Stephen Regan: - Good evening everyone and welcome to this closing event of Durham Book Festival. Over the past few years, the University and our partners, New Writing North, have established a tradition of appointing a Festival Laureate and commissioning a new piece of work to mark a special connection with the city and the North-East of England. It’s our very good fortune tonight to be able to welcome as Festival Laureate one of the truly gre...

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