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Sep 4, 2010

Works of Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy, CBE, FRSL (born 23 December 1955 in Glasgow) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's poet laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.

Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools.

In her first poem as poet laureate, Duffy tackled the scandal over British MPs expenses in the format of a 14 line sonnet. Her second, "Last Post", was commissioned by the BBC to mark the deaths of Henry Allingham and Harry Patch, the last two British soldiers to fight in World War I. Her third, "The Twelve Days of Christmas 2009", addresses current events such as species extinction, the climate change conference in Copenhagen, the banking crisis, and the war in Afghanistan. In March 2010, she wrote "Achilles (for David Beckham)" about the Achilles tendon injury that left England Footballer David Beckham out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; the poem was published in The Mirror and treats modern celebrity culture as a kind of mythicisation. "Silver Lining", written in April 2010, acknowledges the grounding of flights caused by the ash of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. On August the 30th 2010 she premièred her poem "Vigil" for the Manchester Pride Candlelight Vigil in memory of LGBT people who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.


1974: Fleshweathercock and Other Poems. Outposts ltd.
1977: (with Adrian Henri) Beauty and the Beast (poetry)
1982: Fifth Last Song. Headland (poetry)
1982: Take My Husband (play)
1984: Cavern of Dreams (play)
1985: Standing Female Nude. Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1986: Little Women, Big Boys (play)
1986: Loss (radio play)
1986: Thrown Voices. Turret Books, pamphlet (poetry)
1987: Selling Manhattan. Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1990: The Other Country. Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1992: I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine (ed.) Viking (poetry anthology)
1992: William and the Ex-Prime Minister. Anvil Press Poetry, pamphlet, (poetry).
1993: Mean Time Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1994: Anvil New Poets Volume 2. (Ed.) Penguin (poetry anthology)
1994: Selected Poems. Penguin (poems)
1995: Penguin Modern Poets 2 with Vicki Feaver and Eavan Boland. Penguin. (Poetry)
1996: Grimm Tales. Faber and Faber. (Play)
1996: Salmon - Carol Ann Duffy: Selected Poems. Salmon Poetry. (Poetry)
1996: Stopping for Death. Viking (poetry anthology)
1997: More Grimm Tales. Faber and Faber (children's play)
1998: The Pamphlet. Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1999: Meeting Midnight. Faber and Faber (children's poetry)
1999: The World's Wife Anvil Press Poetry (poetry)
1999: Time's Tidings: Greeting the 21st Century. (Ed.) Anvil Press Poetry (poetry anthology)
2000: The Oldest Girl in the World. Faber and Faber (children's poetry)
2001: Hand in Hand: An Anthology of Love Poems. (Ed.) Picador (poetry anthology)
2002: Feminine Gospels. Picador
2002: Queen Munch and Queen Nibble., Macmillan Children's Books.
2002: Underwater Farmyard. Macmillan Children's Books. (Children's book)
2003: The Good Child's Guide to Rock N Roll. Faber and Faber. (Children's poetry)
2003: Collected Grimm Tales (with Tim Supple). Faber and Faber. (Children's book)
2004: Doris the Giant. (Children's literature, picture book)
2004: New Selected Poems. Picador
2004: Out of Fashion: An Anthology of Poems. (Ed.) Faber and Faber (poetry anthology)
2004: Overheard on a Saltmarsh: Poets' Favourite Poems (Ed.) Macmillan
2005: Another Night Before Christmas with John Murray. (Children's poetry)
2005: Moon Zoo. Macmillan (children's literature, picture book)
2005: Rapture Picador (poetry)
2006: The Lost Happy Endings (illustrated by Jane Ray). Penguin. (Children's book)
2007: Answering Back. (Ed.) Picador. (Poetry anthology)
2007: The Hat. Faber and Faber. (Children's poetry)
2007: The Tear Thief. Barefoot Books. (Children's book)
2009: Mrs Scrooge: A Christmas Poem (illustrated by Beth Adams). Simon & Schuster
2009: New & Collected Poetry for Children. Faber and Faber. (Poetry)
2009: The Princess's Blankets (illustrated by Catherine Hyde). Templar. (Children's book)
2009: The Twelve Poems of Christmas. (Ed.) Candlestick Press. (Poetry)
2009: To The Moon: An Anthology of Lunar Poetry. (Editor) Picador. (Poetry)
2009: Love Poems. Picador. (Poetry, selected).

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