Friday, 1 May 2009

First female Poet Laureate named

Carol Ann Duffy has been named as the new Poet Laureate, the first woman to be appointed in the 341-year history of the post.

Duffy, 53, who takes over immediately from Andrew Motion and will serve 10 years in the position, says she will give the £5,750 annual payment away.

The author, who is best known for her collection The World's Wife, is also the first Scot to be named Laureate.

Duffy said she felt "very honoured and humbled" by her appointment.

For more click through to the BBC site - the link is in the post title.



  1. Ye jist cannae stop thae Scots!!

  2. No obviously the wall has failed........I hope you noticed I did not comment about a Scot giving away money!!


  3. At our recent meeting the question was posed 'Who appoints the Poet Laureate' well I think the answer is:

    The decision has already been taken by Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, according to a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. (Daily Telegraph)

    So now you know!