Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy becomes a dame in New Year honours

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The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has been made a dame in the New Year honours List. Duffy, who is also professor of contemporary poetry and creative director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I am delighted that the long tradition of the laureateship and poetry in general are part of these celebrations. We have many wonderful poets in this country and it is a privilege to represent them.”

Prof John Brooks, MMU vice chancellor, paid tribute to her work, saying: “It is a great way to reward and celebrate the generosity with which she has infused the role. She has opened up opportunities for other poets – involving established writers in large-scale projects and commissions, encouraging and nurturing new voices as we see with poetry students in the Manchester Writing School at MMU and through the many prizes and competitions she has started and supported, and future poets through her national laureate education projects in schools up and down the country.”

One of Carol Ann Duffy’s initiatives as laureate has been to set up the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry. The deadline for nominations for this year’s award, 7 January, is only a few days away. 

 

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Julian (Admin)

Mon 12th Jan 2015 11:23

I propose Steven as the next poet toadiat, or is it lariat?

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 11th Jan 2015 15:57

The fact that a gong has been given to the
holder of the premier UK poetry title should
be welcomed by all who support poetry as an
art form and a medium of communication.
Would we be moaning about a similar gong awarded
to "The Master of the Queen's Music"?
Any recognition of the arts is to be warmly
applauded, and certain official positions lead
that way when previous examples are recalled to
mind.

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 11th Jan 2015 15:51

My knowledge of CAD is very limited but my impression of her prior to taking the Poet Laureate post was that she was edgy, brave and on the wave of all that was supposed to be leading edge in new poetry.
By taking the PL job she automatically (to my mind) sold herself out in order join the ranks of the establishment and thus add her name to a elite list of names for posterity.
The further "honour" of Damehood only serves to make any future work that CAD may churn out less relevant than before.
She quite simply cannot be both.

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John Coopey

Sat 10th Jan 2015 20:41

Ya see them grapes...?

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Greg Freeman

Sat 10th Jan 2015 12:54

Some background reading ...

http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/newsgroupview.php?NewsThreadsID=1078

That was a pretty good discussion thread. Certainly better than this one ...

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Steven Waling

Sat 10th Jan 2015 12:09

Poets of the people don't like the queen's arse.

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Greg Freeman

Fri 9th Jan 2015 08:31

Always felt Carol Ann Duffy was a poet of the people when she wandered into the back room of a pub in Ludlow to join us chaps watching the second half of England's World Cup drubbing by Germany. Did I ever tell you I wrote a poem about it ...?

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Isobel

Fri 9th Jan 2015 07:10

In my lexicon toadying and creeping are the same thing - 'sucking up to' - maybe it's a Wigan expression? Admittedly 'creep' can have nastier connotations.

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Steven Waling

Thu 8th Jan 2015 12:45

Never said she was a creep. Just a toady. Same as every other laureate.

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Isobel

Wed 7th Jan 2015 15:20

Well I wouldn't say that she was a creep. She's always come across to me as treading a careful path. Having to embrace the fact that being poet laureate involves restraint, whilst at the same time speaking out for the common man on real issues, like justice and racism.

Her poem to commemorate William and Kate's baby (forgotten its name) was a masterpiece in what it didn't say - to my mind at least :)

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leonidas

Wed 7th Jan 2015 12:25

Well what is the executive role of the poet laureate in this day and age? But more importantly what value does Carol's poetry have in a modern society, that is outside that narrow intellectual clique who have chosen to admire her or her work and associate her with another poet who we should know was her superior?

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Greg Freeman

Tue 6th Jan 2015 14:20

What an ungenerous comment to greet the new year with, Steven! Unworthy of you. You don't approve of the Ted Hughes award for innovation that she set up? And the education projects? "Toadying" looks like bloody hard work, I'd say. You wouldn't catch me doing it.

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Steven Waling

Tue 6th Jan 2015 14:07

the rewards of toadying

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 3rd Jan 2015 18:32

A worthwhile "nod" towards poetry and its
importance.

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