AN AWARD-winning poet is set to give a special performance of her work at The Hive.

Patience Agbabi, who won the the Cholmondeley Award for her poetry last year, will read her 2014 work Telling Tales on Friday, January 29.

Based on the Canterbury Tales, the poetry collection is set on the London to Canterbury Routemaster bus and features monologues from 25 characters.

Dr Tricia Connell, senior lecturer in English at the University of Worcester, said: "We are delighted to welcome Patience back to the University. She is a wonderful, engaging poet who never fails to entertain, arouse and inspire her audience."

The poet, who was shortlisted in 2015 for the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize, will also sign copies of Telling Tales after her free performance.

She last visited the University and The Hive in 2015, to give a performance to pupils from Halesowen College, Worcester Sixth Form and the University’s English Literature students.

The reading will take place on Friday, January 29, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

There will also be a workshop available for University of Worcester students and school students. To book a place contact Dr Tricia Connell at

Tickets are free and can be booked online at