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Another Night Before Christmas

Carol Ann Duffy

On the night before Christmas,

A child in a house,

As the whole family slept,

Behaved just like a mouse . . .

It’s the night before Christmas and a young girl creeps down the stairs, determined to find out for certain whether Santa is real . . . But try as she might, she can’t keep awake and is soon fast asleep.

She doesn’t stir, even when Santa and his reindeer land on her roof-top – but then, when he bursts out of her fireplace, she wakes to a room filled with magic. As she watches him fly off into the night, she knows that she will never forget this sight because, at Christmas, the best gift of all is belief.

Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 978033052393602
Published: 05/11/2010

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy 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. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was appointed DBE in 2015. Author photograph © Michael Woods.

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