About The Author
Carol Ann Duffy is one of Britain's best-loved and most widely read poets, and a prolific playwright; in 2009 she was appointed Poet Laureate, taking over from Andrew Motion for a 10-year term.
She was born in Gorbals district of Glasgow to Irish parents. She developed a love of reading and writing at a young age; her first poems were published when she was just 15. While a student at the University of Liverpool, studying philosophy, she wrote two plays that were performed at the Liverpool Playhouse. She later became poetry critic for the Guardian and was editor of poetry magazine, Ambit. She was appointed as a lecturer in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is now a professor and Creative Director of their Writing School.
Her poetry first came to wider public attention in 1983, when she won Poetry Society National Poetry Competition. She has written and edited many books of poetry, for both adults and children since, winning numeous awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award.
Her poems now regularly feature on the GCSE and A-Level syllabuses. She was made an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2002. In being appointed Laureate in 2009, she achieved the remarkable trifecta of being the first woman, the first Scot and the first openly gay holder of the post.
The Bees is her first new collection of poetry since being appointed Laureate. As the title suggests, the poems celebrate the fragile natural beauty of Britain with striking imagery and great playfulness of language. (You can read one of them, 'Virgil's Bees', here.)
It also features the poems written in her role as Laureate, on the MPs' expenses scandal, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, members of the LGBT community affected by HIV and Aids, David Beckham, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas 2009', which addressed a number of contemporary issues, and 'Rings', composed on the occasion of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Below is a list of titles by Carol Ann Duffy currently in print in the UK. You may find other editions in our 'New and Used' section by typing the author's name into the Search field at the top of this page and selecting the 'Author Exact' filter to the far right of the Search field.