Meeting Midnight by Carol Ann Duffy


Meeting Midnight by Carol Ann Duffy

Meeting Midnight is a collection for young readers by one of the most exciting poets writing today. These poems will blow your head away. An exuberant mix of the funny, the sinister, the tender and the ridiculous, they will transport you to worlds half magical, half eerily familiar. The boundaries between real and imagined lives are blurred to sometimes disturbing effect; this is a place where graves are liable to open up before our feet, where we can be plunged into quicksand one minute or left with sinister strangers the next. Among the many characters we meet there's an inveterate liar, a boy who thinks he's Elvis Presley, a girl infatuated with a tree and two outrageously matched Queens.


Better known for her poems for adults, Carol Ann Duffy won the 1993 Whitbread Poetry Award, but this is her first collection for children. Tree huggers, ghosts and ghouls, giant snowballs and Elvis fanatics feature in this bright, cheerful and funny collection. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy

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. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdon in 2009. 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. Her collections include Ritual Lightning, Love Poems and The Bees, which won the Costa Poetry Award. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list. Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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80 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

4th October 1999



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