Dame Carol Ann Duffy

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Dame Carol Ann Duffy

by Peter Everard Smith
chromogenic print, August 2005
12 1/4 in. x 17 5/8 in. (312 mm x 449 mm) image size
Purchased, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG x134329

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  • Peter Everard Smith (1943-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 8 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Photographed at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, where Peter Everard Smith has been official photographer for the Poetry Trust since 2003.

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  • NPG 7145: 'Work in Progress' (based on same portrait)

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  • 100 Pioneering Women, p. 143 Read entry

    Dame Carol Ann Duffy (b.1955) is a poet, playwright and children’s writer. In 2009, she succeeded Andrew Motion as Britain’s Poet Laureate, and in doing so became the first woman, Scot and openly LGBT person to hold the position in its 400-year history. Her poetry collections include Standing Female Nude (1985); Selling Manhattan (1987), which won the Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award and Forward Prize; and the T.S. Eliot Prize-winning Rapture (2005). Oppression, gender, love and violence are key themes in her writing, and her poems are regularly studied in schools. As a playwright, Duffy’s work has been performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida Theatre, London, and the National Theatre.

  • 100 Writers, p. 162

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London suffers its worst bomb attack since the Second World War when four devices are detonated during rush hour on public transport. Three of the bombs went off on tube trains, and one on a bus killing 56 people and injuring 700. A Leeds-based terror cell of British born or raised Islamic extremists committed the attacks.
John Sentamu becomes the first black Archbishop of the Church of England.

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