Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate

A woman with light skin tone and shoulder length brown hair leaning against a lectern Dame Carol Ann Duffy, by Peter Everard Smith, August 2005, NPG x134329, © Peter Everard Smith

Poet, playwright and children's writer. Current Poet Laureate, collections include Selling Manhattan, Mean Time and Rapture.

I shall be represented analytically and hung In great museums. The bourgeoisie will coo

From ‘Standing Female Nude’ in Standing Female Nude (London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1985)

I lived in a kind of fizzing hope. Gargling with Vimto. The clever smell of my satchel. Convent girls.

From ‘The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team’ in Mean Time (London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1993)