Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of her first collection in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the world.
Duffy wanted to be a writer from an early age, having grown listening to fairy tales that her mother invented and being encouraged by her school teacher to write poetry. She now lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America.
Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. During her laureateship, she has established numerous festivals in the UK as well as using her laureate stipend to set up the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize.
She was awarded a Damehood in 2015.