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Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's first woman Poet Laureate, has published thirty books, which as well as poetry include plays, works for young people, and edited anthologies. Early in her career she began winning literary awards and has amassed an impressive number. She now lives by her pen. Her poems are witty, unexpected dramatisations of human situations, attentive to gender issues and to issues of power misused. She alternates personal, even autobiographical poetry with dramatic monologues which assume other voices. Among these voices are the disturbing ones of criminals or psychopaths.
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23 December 1955 CAD was born in Glasgow. Bibliographic Citation link.
1973 CAD published her first book of poems in her teens, before she went up to university: it was entitled Fleshweathercock, and Other Poems. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 May 2009 News broke that CAD had been appointed Poet Laureate: the first woman to hold the position, though many brilliant women have been suggested for it. Bibliographic Citation link.
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