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. Author photograph © Michael Woods.


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.