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A celebration of the life and work of Michael Donaghy.

Maddy Paxman who read excerpts from her book and talked to us about her husband’s life as a poet said how much she enjoyed her afternoon with The Shortlands Poetry Circle. She commented afterwards that she found our interest in poetry ‘inspiring’.

Maddy mentioned an event at the Purcell Room, South Bank, on Oct. 2nd to mark the 10th. anniversary of Michael’s death and below are the details and a link to the site where you can buy tickets.

A celebration of the life and work of Michael Donaghy.

One of the UK’s finest and best-loved poets, he died at the tragically young age of 50 in 2004. Tonight we mark the tenth anniversary of his death with readings and reminiscence from his friends and family.

Readers will include Sean O’Brien, Jo Shapcott, Paul Farley, Don Paterson, Eva Salzman, Greta Stoddart, John Stammers and Adam O’Riordan, as well as Michael’s partner Maddy Paxman and son Ruairi.

This event coincides with the publication of three new Donaghy-related books – the new edition of his Collected Poems, Don Paterson’s critical study of his work, Smith: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy, and Maddy Paxman’s memoir The Great Below.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

You can book tickets and find out more information here: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/michael-donaghy-a-celebratio-85980

Sept 9th. Talk by Maddy Paxman

After Michael Donaghy’s tragic death at the age of fifty his wife, Maddy Paxman, had to deal not only with her own grief but with the grief of everyone who had met him in his career as well-known poet and musician. The poetry world has never forgotten him. She has recently published a book ‘The Great Below: A Journey Into Loss’ Maddy will talk about her life with Michael and read some of his poems.

The Great Below a Journey Into Loss by Maddy Paxman