Telling Tales

A brilliant retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century, from The Miller's Tale to The Wife of Bath’s, in a style that captures the performance element of the work as well as its poetry & wordplay.

Shortlisted in 2015 for the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize
Recipient of The Cholmondeley Award 2015
Nominated as one of the UK’s Next Generation poets in 2004

“The liveliest versions of Chaucer you're likely to read” Simon Armitage


About the authors/artists

Patience Agbabi was born in London to parents from Nigeria and grew up in Wales. One of the UK’s foremost poets, she studied English Language and Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. Her writing and performance has been featured on radio and TV worldwide.  This year she was a recipient of The Cholmondeley Award this year and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry.

Patience is the author of four books, R.A.W, Transformatrix, Bloodshot Monochrome and Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014). Telling Tales is a retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century. Mining the Middle-English masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, her boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain's most significant works of poetry thrilling new life.  Following a book launch at Southwark Cathedral, Patience has toured the book with literature producers Renaissance One to a range of literary festivals and venues this and last year.  She lives in Kent.

Tour Information

6th May 2016 7:30pm
Otley Courthouse
13th May 2016 7:30pm
The Civic, Barnsley