Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester. She is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she teaches on the Poetry route of the MFA and MA in Creative Writing and is creative director of city-wide, national and international literary projects. Her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 2009-2019. Her collections include Mean Time, Love Poems and The Bees, which won the Costa Poetry Award. Her writing for children includes Queen Munch and Queen Nibble, The Skipping-Rope Snake and The Tear Thief. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.
One of the greatest pleasures of my working life continues to be the Manchester Writing School – a department with a real sense of family, achievement and celebration, and an ethos of nurturing and innovation.
Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, CBE, OBE, FRSL, FBA.
BA University of Liverpool.
Honorary Doctorates: Liverpool, Keele, Hull, Warwick, OU, Dundee, Edinburgh
Fellow: Magdalen College, Cambridge, Homerton College, Cambridge
UK Poet Laureate, 2009-2019
Vice President: Poetry Society
Trustee: Society of Authors
Ambit: Poetry Editor
Arts Council Awards: Judge
Manchester Poetry Prize: Chair of Judges 2008, Judge 2018
Creative Director: the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met (2006 to present)
MA Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing for Children
CA. DUFFY, R. Norris (2017). My Country A Work in Progress - In the Words of People Across the UK.
CA. Duffy (2015). Everyman. Faber & Faber.
PM. Evans, MD. Cunningham, I. Dharker, P. Prior-Pitt, CA. Duffy, et al. (2015). Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology 2015. N. Kingsley. Fair Acre Press.
CA. Duffy (2014). Ritual Lighting Laureate Poems. Pan Macmillan.
CA. Duffy, D. Aitkenhead, JK. Rowling, M. Engel, P. Toynbee, et al. (2013). The Bedside Guardian 2013. M. Wainwright. Guardian Books.
CA. Duffy (2012). Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem. Picador.
CA. Duffy (2011). The Christmas Truce. Picador.
CA. Duffy (2011). The Bees. Pan Macmillan Adult.
CA. Duffy, J. Stewart Underwater farmyard.
CA. Duffy The twelve poems of Christmas.
CA. Duffy The tear thief.
CA. Duffy Rapture.
CA. Duffy The other country.
CA. Duffy The princess' blankets.
CA. Duffy New and collected poems for children.
CA. Duffy New selected poems, 1984-2004.
CA. Duffy Love poems.
CA. Duffy, J. Stewart Moon zoo.
CA. Duffy The lost happy endings.
CA. Duffy The gift.
CA. Duffy Feminine gospels.
CA. Duffy, SJ. Manning (2009). The Manchester Carols.
CA. Duffy Mrs Scrooge.
CA. Duffy (2008). Answering Back. Pan Macmillan.
CA. Duffy (2007). The Hat.
CA. Duffy (2005). Another Night Before Christmas.
CA. Duffy (2004). Out of Fashion.
H. Monro, CF. Winzer (2004). Overheard on a Salt Marsh. CA. Duffy.
I present a series of evenings at our partner venue, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, under the heading "Carol Ann Duffy and Friends". These evenings featuring guest appearances from poets of national stature reading alongside the best students and graduates from our MFA and MA Creative Writing: Poetry programme. This gives our students the experience of taking part in a professionally-staged literary event, and helps them to develop their skills in presenting their work to a public audience. In 2018 I started the People's Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets at Manchester's iconic Principal Hotel.
I am Creative Director of the Manchester Children's Book Festival, which is hosted and run by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and delivered in partnership with many of the major cultural and educational organisations across Manchester. My ambition is that is should be a festival for everyone with year-round events and special projects designed to raise aspirations and confidence in young people, offer project-based placements and festival management experience to our students, and to encourage the broadest possible audience to engage with literature, the arts, and opportunities for creative expression.
I have run several Laureate Education Projects from Manchester Met:
Anthologise, which saw schools selecting their favourite poetry, the winning anthology published by Picador with a foreword by the Duchess of Cornwall;
Mother Tongue, Other Tongue, which encourages children with English as a second language to express themselves and share poetry written in their mother tongue, and students who are native English speakers to experiment with writing in a learned language, now a national campaign run annually;
Poetry Together, a competition for the best poems written by collaboratively by people from different generations, designed to encourage intergenerational conversations and working with the Co-Op's campaign to combat loneliness in communitites;
Let in the Stars, designed to find, celebrate and share the best new poetry written for children; a competition to encourage and gather new poems resulted in a collection of work by international poets which was short-listed for the CLPE award and instigated a national Arts Council funded campaign to reinvorgate the publishing of new poetry for children.
Eric Gregory Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Dylan Thomas Prize, Whitbread Prize, Forward Prize, Costa Prize, Signal Award, PEN Pinter Award, Roma Award ( Italy) Lannan Award (USA) Nesta Award, Cholomondely Award, TS Eliot Prize.
• Costa Poetry Award (for The Bees), 2012
• T. S. Eliot Prize (for Rapture), 2005
• CBE, 2001
• Signal Poetry Award (for Stopping for Death), 1997
• OBE, 1995
• Lannan Literary Award (Poetry), 1995
• Whitbread Poetry Award (for Mean Time), 1993
• Scottish Arts Council Book Award (for Mean Time), 1993
• Forward Poetry Prize: Best Poetry Collection of the Year (for Mean Time), 1993
• Cholmondeley Award, 1993
• Scottish Arts Council Book Award (for The Other Country), 1990
• Dylan Thomas Award, 1989
• Somerset Maugham Award (for Selling Manhattan), 1988
• Eric Gregory Award, 1984
• National Poetry Competition (for ‘Whoever She Was’), 1986
• C. Day Lewis Fellowship, 1982