Carol Ann Duffy named Poet Laureate

<p>Carol Ann Duffy has been named as the new Poet Laureate, the first woman to be appointed in the 341-year history of the post.</p><p>Duffy, 53, who takes over immediately from Andrew Motion and will serve 10 years in the position, says she will give the &pound;5,750 annual payment away to the Poetry Society, to help fund an annual prize for the best collection of poetry published each year, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace.</p><p>This autumn sees the publication of her <em>New And Collected Poems For Children </em>(Faber) and <em>To The Moon</em>, an anthology of lunar poems (Picador).</p><p>Duffy said: &quot;I&#39;m very honoured and humbled to become Poet Laureate, not only when I think of some of the great poets who have occupied the post since the 17th century, but when I think of some of the wonderful poets writing now.</p><p>&quot;The continuance of the Laureateship is important because it properly draws attention to the central role that poetry can play in the lives of ordinary people . . . In accepting this Laureateship, I hope to contribute to people&#39;s understanding of what poetry can do, and where it can be found.&rdquo; </p><p>Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: &quot;[Duffy] is a truly brilliant modern poet who has stretched our imaginations by putting the whole range of human experiences into lines that capture the emotions perfectly and I wish her well for her 10-year term.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>