Biography of Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow on 23 December, 1955, the first child of five. She received a degree in philosophy from Liverpool University in 1977. She received a C. Day Lewis Fellowship to work as a writer-in-residence in East End schools of London in 1982 and 1984. In 1983 she gained recognition for winning the National Poetry Competition.

Duffy’s books of poetry include: New & Collected Poetry for Children (Faber and Faber, 2009); Rapture (Macmillan, 2006); Selected Poems (Penguin, 2004); Feminine Gospels (2002); The World’s Wife (2000); Mean Time (1993); The Other Country (1990); Selling Manhattan (1987); and her first collection, Standing Female Nude (1985). For these works, she has received a slew of awards, including a Whitbread Poetry Award, a Forward Poetry award, a Somerset Maugham award, and a Scottish Arts Council award.

Duffy became a lecturer in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 and subsequently became Creative Director of the MMU Writing School. She has edited anthologies, written plays and children's books, and has worked and performed with musicians.

Duffy was the longtime editor of the poetry magazine Ambit, and she has written for a number of publications. Duffy was appointed as Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009, becoming the first woman and the first openly gay poet ever to hold the position. During her time as Poet Laureate, she has organized a number of events for worthy causes and to create opportunities for other poets. For example, she gathered poets for readings in London and Edinburgh to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2009, and she donated her Laureate payment to create a Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.


Study Guides on Works by Carol Ann Duffy

"Anne Hathaway" appears in Carol Ann Duffy’s collection of poems The World’s Wife, published in 1999. This collection moved women in well-known stories and myths to the foregrounds of their stories—spaces previously occupied by men. "Anne...

"Warming Her Pearls" appears in Carol Ann Duffy's book Selling Manhattan, a collection that includes dramatic monologues, love poems, and poems concerned with the effect of money on society. This poem, told by an adoring servant about her...