Carol Ann Duffy

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Five men and one woman who took on impossible job – of poet laureate
Several of the poets appointed by, or inherited by the Queen, had to deal with public mockery. No wonder Philip Larkin turned down the role

Adam Newey

10, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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And did those feet: 10 walks inspired by famous poets
Matching rich verse with great scenery, these strolls follow in the footsteps of some of our greatest wordsmiths, from William Blake to Carol Ann Duffy

Kevin Rushby

03, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Empty Nest: Poems for Families, edited by Carol Ann Duffy review – the agony of absence
Fathers, mothers and grownup children reflect on leaving home and the ‘dance between closeness and distance’ in an outstanding anthology

Kate Kellaway

16, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture
Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown

Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza MacDonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

18, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Look, don't touch: what great literature can teach us about love with no contact
With our increased physical distance from each other, novels about forbidden touch and longing are more seductive than ever

Joanna Briscoe

22, May, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Carol Ann Duffy leads British poets creating 'living record' of coronavirus
Major names including Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and father-and-son poets Ian and Andrew McMillan to document outbreak in verse

Alison Flood

20, Apr, 2020 @5:01 AM

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Frost Fair by Carol Ann Duffy review – icy perfection from a curator of cold
Duffy’s beguiling short ballad, illustrated by David De Las Heras, pithily explores London’s ‘Great Winter’ of 1683

Kate Kellaway

08, Dec, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Vocation by Carol Ann Duffy
Subtly shifting imagery describes an elusive role, which may or may not be the poet’s own

Carol Rumens

03, Jun, 2019 @9:05 AM

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Who needs poetry? We all do – and we need it now | Kenan Malik
In an age in which we flee from ambiguity and complexity, poetry gives us permission to wonder

Kenan Malik

12, May, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Simon Armitage named UK's poet laureate
West Yorkshire writer speaks of parents’ pride and his desire to ‘give something back’ as he succeeds Carol Ann Duffy

Alison Flood

10, May, 2019 @9:00 PM

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Hunt for next poet laureate still on as Imtiaz Dharker says no to job
Pakistani-born British poet declines ‘huge honour’ as speculation switches to remaining contenders to succeed Carol Ann Duffy

Alison Flood

03, May, 2019 @2:18 PM

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Birdsong inspires artists, musicians and poets. The world should listen | Letters
Letters: As we approach International Dawn Chorus Day, Alison Steadman, Grayson Perry and 76 others say nature is falling silent and the UK must take a leading role in its recovery


30, Apr, 2019 @4:37 PM

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