First lesbian Poet Laureate

From British daily The Independent:

Scottish woman named as Poet Laureate


Friday, 1 May 2009

Carol Ann Duffy: has surprised followers by apparently changing her mind about accepting the role of Poet Laureate

The new Poet Laureate was named today as Andrew Motion‘s 10-year tenure comes to an end, with Carol Ann Duffy becoming the first female to hold the title.

Duffy, 53, is credited as being a rarity in poetry for combining commercial and critical success. She was in the running for the prestigious role in 1999, but lost out to Motion over what British media reported were concerns about how people would react to a lesbian laureate.

Duffy was born in Glasgow and read philosophy at Liverpool University. In 2002 she was made a CBE and lectures in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Germaine Greer on this: here.

Flemish poet Guido Gezelle: here.

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