Carol Ann Duffy

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Carol Ann Duffy in 2009
Carol Ann Duffy (born Glasgow 1955) is a poet and playwright.

She studied philosophy at Liverpool University.

She lived for a number of years with the Liverpool poet Adrian Henri, but later had a 15-year relationship with the poet and novelist Jackie Kay.

In 1996, she was appointed as a lecturer in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University,

In 2009 she was appointed Poet Laureate (the first female poet to be so honoured).

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Didsbury, Manchester:

"Now, she lives in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury, where she looks after her daughter Ella’s two spaniels, Lola and Scrumpy, while Ella is finishing her degree in English, education and drama at Cambridge." [1]

She was listed number 45 in the Pride Power List 2011 and 25 in the Pink List 2012.


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  1. Alex Clark, "'No drugs on the bus': Carol Ann Duffy takes a road trip", The Guardian, 21 May 2016.