Carol Ann Duffy to be next Poet Laureate

<p>Carol Ann Duffy has been put forward for the Queen&#39;s approval to assume the role of Poet Laureate, from Andrew Motion, reports the Independent. &quot;If all goes as planned, the Glasgow-born poet will become not only the first woman to hold the post but the first openly gay one.&quot;<br /><br />In a sign of the increasing certainty surrounding her appointment, bookmakers have stopped taking bets on the 53-year-old. The <em>Independent </em>reports that she has been chosen after a new selection process, introduced by Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, in which the public was invited to offer their views on the search for the successor. </p>