Carol Ann Duffy
A playwright and writer, Carol Ann Duffy is best known as one of Britain’s most popular and critically acclaimed poets. She became the first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate in 2009, succeeding Andrew Motion. Born in Glasgow, Duffy’s first collections, Standing Female Nude and Selling Manhattan received instant commendation, establishing her as one of the most significant voices in contemporary poetry. Since then she has cemented her reputation with works including: Feminine Gospels, The World’s Wife, Rapture, The Bees and Sincerity and, as editor, 101 Poems for Children, Armistice and The Map and the Clock.
Sincerity is Duffy's final collection of poems as Poet Laureate, and the much-anticipated successor to the Costa Award-winning The Bees. Time and its passage are at the heart of this reflective work, which gazes out from the autumn of life. There are moving elegies here for what has departed; whether that be children who have flown the nest, a way of life, literary luminaries, past loves, lost parents or our own youth. As Duffy dramatizes scenes from childhood, adolescence and adulthood, she finds moments of grace or consolation in memory, love and language amid the complexities of life.
The Works of Carol Ann Duffy
Christmas With Carol Ann Duffy
Edited by Carol Ann Duffy