Duffy clinches CLPE poetry prize

<p>Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has won this year&rsquo;s CLPE Poetry Award, awarded annually to poets writing for children. </p><p>The Centre of Literacy in Primary Education, which runs the award, gave the prize to Duffy for her <em>New and Collected Poems for Children</em>, published by Faber. She beat the other shortlisted candidates James Carter and Graham Denton, Adrian Mitchell and Michael Rosen, who have all produced a children&rsquo;s poetry collection within the last year.</p><p>Duffy&rsquo;s collection, published in September 2009, was chosen by a judging panel that comprised fellow writers John Agard, Andrew Lambirth and Lindsay MacRae and the Chair of judge, Margaret Meek Spencer. </p><p>The Glasgow-born poet, who took up the Poet Laureate post in May, was given the award at a prizegiving held at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education headquarters in London. She joins a list of winners that include Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Fiona Waters, Grace Nichols and this year&rsquo;s judge John Agard. </p>