23rd of March; Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy

On Monday 23th March we are proud to present the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who will be giving a reading to open the Literary festival in the Quad at Middlesex University, at 6:30pm as well as conducting a signing.



Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish-Irish poet and playwright. Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is currently reigning as Britain’s first female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy is also queen of the dramatic monologue. Duffy’s poetry gives voice to society’s alienated and ignored in an unstuffy but compelling manner, wrestling with ideas about language and identity. Appointed Britain’s poet laureate in May 2009, she is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position

Her collections include ‘Standing Female Nude’, winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; ‘Selling Manhattan’, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; ‘Mean Time’, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and ‘Rapture’, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular for studying in schools in GCSE, O and A Levels courses.

Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy’s first full-length collection ‘Standing Female Nude’ in 1985 was something of a landmark, forging an anti-establishment voice with a colloquial lyricism. Duffy reached a wider audience with ‘The World’s Wife’, a series of witty dramatic monologues spoken by women from fairy tales and myths, and the women usually air-brushed from history, such as ‘Mrs Midas’ and ‘Mrs Darwin’. Her output has also included a formidable amount of writing for children.

As a Playwright Duffy wrote several plays including ‘Take My Husband’ in 1982, ‘Cavern of Dreams’ in 1984 and ‘Little Women, Big Boys’ in 1986. She has also written poetry for children such as ‘Meeting Midnight’  and ‘The Oldest Girl in the World’. Her recent children’s’ books also include ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ in 2006, ‘The Tear Thief’ in 2007 and ‘The Princess Blankets’ in 2009.

She has won many other awards and honors such as “Costa Poetry Award” in 2011, “Signal Poetry Award” in 1997, “CBE” in 2001, “Cholmondeley Award” in 1992. Duffy also received doctorate degree from the University of Hull, University of Dundee, University of St. Andrews, University of Warwick including a Fellowship from Homerton College, Cambridge.

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North London Literary Festival 2015 looks forward to hosting Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, our British Poet Laureate as she gives a reading and a signing to open the Festival in The College Quad at Middlesex University.

You can also get involved by tweeting us any questions, thoughts or poetry you would like to put to Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, on our very own North London Literary Festival Twitter account @NorthLdnLitFest or by using the hashtag #NLLF15

All festival events are free and open to all: students, staff and the public. 

To guarantee entry to this very popular event, please register for your free place at: Eventbrite – Carol Ann Duffy

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