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Poet, playwright and freelance writer Carol Ann Duffy was born on 23 December 1955 in Glasgow and read philosophy at Liverpool University. She is a former editor of the poetry magazine Ambit and is a regular reviewer and broadcaster. She moved from London to Manchester in 1996 and began to lecture in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her papers were acquired by the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University in 1999, and in October 2000 she was awarded a grant of £75,000 over a five-year period by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

Carol Ann Duffy is also an acclaimed playwright, and has had plays performed at the Liverpool Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. Her plays include Take My Husband (1982), Cavern of Dreams (1984), Little Women, Big Boys (1986) and Loss (1986), a radio play. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 1984 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1992 from the Society of Authors, the Dylan Thomas Award from the Poetry Society in 1989 and a Lannan Literary Award from the Lannan Foundation (USA) in 1995. She was awarded an OBE in 1995, a CBE in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester.


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Faery Tales
Faery Tales
Carol Ann Duffy
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, brings her gifts as a poet to this enchanting collection of all kinds of fairy stories. Familiar favourites such as The Emperor’s New Clothes and Rumpelstiltskin are vigorously and freshly told while also conveying a...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Children's Classics | Christmas Books 2014 | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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New and Collected Poems for Children
New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
Age 7+. A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/08/2010
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Moon Zoo
Moon Zoo
Carol Ann Duffy
A Picture Book for kids that love Animals. Carol Ann Duffy's lyrical, humorous verse illuminates an entrancing world that is both familiar and strange. This is a very special book.
Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2009
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New and Collected Poems for Children
New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2009
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The Tear Thief
The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2009
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Lost Happy Endings
Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2008
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The Hat
The Hat
Carol Ann Duffy
Age 9+. From one of the country’s most eminent and award winning poets comes this utterly delightful collection. Charming and witty these poems will take you off to magical worlds seeing extraordinary people, animals and beasts and all of them...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2008
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The Tear Thief
The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour.An underlying thought -provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured tears are collected by...
Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2007
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Lost Happy Endings
Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.
Featured in: 3+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2006
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Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy’s version of this classic Christmas poem sets aside the sentimentality of Clement Moore’s original, The Night Before Christmas, offering something equally timeless and memorable but crackling with robust wit. There are lots of contemporary references: a satellite...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2005
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The Gift
The Gift
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.  The Judges said: The beautiful illustrations are not just decorative, they interpret the text for us and strengthen the story's impact. The frames and shadows perfectly reflect the fairy tale feel and the different...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2010
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A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy
A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, has chosen her favourite poems for children for , exquisitely illustrated by multi-award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett.
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/03/2013
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