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Beata Duncan obituary


My mother, Beata Duncan, who has died aged 93, was a much-loved poet and performer. Her work was published by John Rettie’s Hearing Eye Press, in several Arts Council anthologies, national journals and newspapers, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please. Several poems won National Poetry Competition and other prizes, were set to music by the composer Richard Arnell and are featured on the website poetrypf.co.uk.

Beata pioneered a succession of poetry workshops in London, and developed a distinctive style of public reading at libraries, pubs, bookshops, theatres, the Southbank Centre, the Poetry Society, and the Torriano Meeting House. Sharing platforms with Hugo Williams, Alan Brownjohn and Margaret Drabble, she became a popular performer in north London.

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