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.


Essential reads for Autumn 2016

Essential reads for Autumn 2016

Our pick of the best new books coming out this Autumn, because longer, darker nights are the perfect excuse for more cosy evenings in with a good book. 

Carol Ann Duffy's Shore To Shore Tour Live

Carol Ann Duffy's Shore To Shore Tour Live

Poetry readings from Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Jackie Kay and Imtiaz Dharker recorded live at Hope Park & Martyrs Church, St Andrews as part of the Shore to Shore poetry tour.

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 11-29 August this year, and as always the line-up is packed with brilliant events featuring some of the finest authors, illustrators, poets and artists at work today. Here's our pick of Picador authors appearing in Edinburgh this year…

On the road with Carol Ann Duffy

On the road with Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy and her merry band of poets are currently in the middle of their Shore To Shore tour of the UK. We went along to take a look behind the scenes.  

The Shore to Shore Poetry Competition

The Shore to Shore Poetry Competition

We are delighted to to be running a poetry competition celebrating poetry and community alongside Shore to Shore tour. We're looking for budding poets to share their poems on community with us.

Shore To Shore: Tickets and Information

Shore To Shore: Tickets and Information

In summer 2016, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will tour the UK with three of her fellow poets whom she most admires to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week and the values of community and independence, offering audiences an evening of the finest contemporary British poetry. 

Shore To Shore: The Poets

Shore To Shore: The Poets

In summer 2016, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will tour the UK with three of her fellow poets whom she most admires to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week and the values of community and independence, offering audiences an evening of the finest contemporary British poetry. 

Love Stories With A Difference

Love Stories With A Difference

Whether you're feeling the love or not this Valentine's Day, we've got a book for you. On February 14th we'll be curling up with these stories, all of which explore the darker side of the most complex of human emotions.

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Ahead of Burn’s Night, the annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border. 

Friday poem: The Christmas Truce

Friday poem: The Christmas Truce

by Carol Ann Duffy and illustrated by David Roberts

Poetry is designed to be read aloud – to be chanted, to be sung, to be recited. Although a poem is powerful on paper, it is unforgettable through voice. 

The Wren-Boys

The Wren-Boys

The new Christmas poem from the Poet Laureate, illustrated by Dermot Flynn.

Join us at our Picador Classic Day at Foyles

Join us at our Picador Classic Day at Foyles

The launch of our Picador Classic series is almost here! The first books in the series are published on 1 January 2015, and we'll be celebrating with a day-long event at Foyles bookshop on 7 February 2015. If you'd like to join us, Alan Hollinghurst, Carol Ann Duffy, John Lanchester, William Fiennes, Philip Hensher, John Banville and more authors besides, then read on...

The art of illuminating poetry

The art of illuminating poetry

‘Fundamental to all my artwork,’ Stephen Raw says, ‘is a love of language and how that language is given a visual dimension through signs we simply call letters: never-failing sources of inspiration. Letters are images in themselves and, for me, that’s more than enough to be getting on with.’

Stephen is a textual artist who lives in Manchester. His work varies from paintings in exhibitions to cover designs, and he has exhibited around the world. Here he is talking about one of his most recent projects: illuminating the poetry collection Ritual Lighting: Laureate Poems by Carol Ann Duffy.

A poem for Valentine's Day

A poem for Valentine's Day

A stunning sonnet for Valentine's Day, 'Hour' is taken from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's collection Rapture.

Picador WBN Introduce Yourself

The Picador Books team would love to hear from any and all members of the public who have chosen to be givers for World Book Night, especially those of you who have chosen a Picador title.

Picador WBN My World Book Night 2011

We asked members of the public who had given or received, Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife on World Book Night 2011 to share some of their experiences with us. Read on for some of their brilliant stories.

Perks of the job

Perks of the job

One of the perks of being an editor (actually, there are many) is that you can, occasionally, be involved - in a small way - in actively shaping how a book looks. You can also, sometimes, work with people you'd never normally get to meet...

The 2010 Authors' Awards

Three Picador authors are celebrating after their recent success in the 2010 Authors' Awards.

We do Not Write the Way We Are

We do Not Write the Way We Are

In this extract from Peter Porter's highly emotive collection Better than God, the award-winning poet ruminates on the act of writing, the writing Self, and the bridge between what is and what could be.