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Poet Laureate? by Spursfan on 30 April 2009 3:38pm
Apparently Carol Ann Duffy is expected to be announced as Poet Laureate by the end of the week. She is joint favourite.

She was at Stafford Girls High School at the same time that I was, but 2 years below me.

In fact one of her most famous poems 'The Laughter of Stafford Girls High' was based on her time there. I can't find a excerpt of it but this is what the BBC called it (it was read as an Afternoon Play on the radio by Joanna Lumley and others): "By Carol Ann Duffy - This erotic poem tells a story of love and how an attack of hysterical laughter brings a girls' public school to its knees.".

Fingers crossed Carol Ann (she was also one of the favourites 10 years ago when Andrew Motion became Poet Laureate instead).

Fly the flag for Stafford (and the Girls High School of course!!).


Re: Poet Laureate? by bIG bLOGGER on 30 April 2009 4:02pm
Carol Ann Duffy lived in Manchester up to 2004 with her partner,the Scottish novelist Jackie Kay. Miss Kay then moved to Newcastle University.

Miss Duffy still lives in Manchester,and is Professor Of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Re: Poet Laureate? by johnnythemonkey on 1 May 2009 8:12am
So bIG, are you implying that she ticks a couple of 'diversity' boxes ?
First female Poet Laureate and a carpet muncher into the bargain. She does'nt happen to be black and disabled does she ?
Re: Poet Laureate? by Spursfan on 1 May 2009 8:29am
Surely the POETRY is what matters?!! I am left wondering, if b-b IS from Stafford as (s)he claims, why is (s)he not proud of Carol Ann?

So what if she now lives in Manchester? She was educated, and began to love poetry, in Stafford!!

And Johnny, the answer to your question is no and no.


Oh and for people outside the UK who might not know, the Poet Laureate is appointed by the government and composes poems for state occasions amongst other things. The Poet Laureate has been the monarch's official poet since Charles II reign.

Past Poets Laureate have included Geoffrey Chaucer, Ben Johnson, Alred Lord Tennyson, William Wordsworth and John Betjeman. She will be in worthy company if she gets the gig!!

Re: Poet Laureate? by kazzzz on 1 May 2009 9:32am
There was an old nam from Nantucket
Who usually...

..oh never mind
Re: Poet Laureate? by Spursfan on 1 May 2009 11:46am
Congratulations Carol Ann ! The first female Poet Laureate.

Re: Poet Laureate? by peripatetically on 1 May 2009 12:40pm
Our Poet Laureate is appointed by the Library of Congress and does much the same for our country. You can google 'Poet Laureate for the US' to read more about the position.
Re: Poet Laureate? by johnnythemonkey on 1 May 2009 1:26pm
I did'nt realise she was Scottish ! ( born in Glasgow. ) I have to admit I'd never heard of her. She also has the same birthday as me ( thanx Wikipedia. )
Re: Poet Laureate? by bIG bLOGGER on 1 May 2009 2:47pm
Yes,born 23 December,1955--which makes her 53.
My point is I don't believe she chose to live in Stafford from having a desire to live there. Her father,Frank Duffy,was employed by English Electric as a fitter and was moved from Glasgow to Stafford by his firm when Carol Ann was only fouryears old.

I don't understand why Stafford people should worship her?
I have tried to judge her poetry on its own merits,but I confess I have not read much of it.

Come to think of it,I didn't rate Andrew Motion's poetry very highly either.It was certainly not in the same league as some former Laureates such as the wonderful John Betjeman (Laureate,1972-1984)or Alfred Tennyson or William Wordsworth.

In my oppinion,if they had wanted a FEMALE Laureate,they should have elected Pam Ayres,who is just brilliant and funny.
Re: Poet Laureate? by Spursfan on 1 May 2009 7:49pm
"I don't believe she chose to live in Stafford"

Who does get to choose either where they are born or where their parents move them to when they are young??

The fact is that she spent her formative years in Stafford. The years when she first discovered poetry.

I am proud that I was at the same school as Carol Ann Duffy whilst she was in attendance. I don't 'worship' her though.

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