Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright who was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009. She is one of the UK’s most well-known and successful contemporary poets with numerous poetry collections to her name, including Standing Female Nude (1985), Mean Time (1993), The World’s Wife (1999) and Rapture (2005). She has won many awards for her work including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Prize. She won the 1983 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Whoever She Was’. Her poetry is studied and set for examinations in schools throughout the UK and she has also published and edited collections for younger children.