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Interview: Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy talks Christmas, poetry, politics and perks of the job

Author Carol Ann Duffy photographed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre.

Author Carol Ann Duffy photographed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre.

  • by peter ross
 

THE first time Carol Ann Duffy heard Good King Wenceslas was soon after her birth. She had arrived in the world just before midnight on 23 December 1955, in the maternity hospital at Lennox Castle, Lennoxtown, and the midwives, bringing the child to her mother, carried lanterns and sang Christmas carols. “So that’s always been part of my private mythology,” Duffy says. “I’ve always loved Christmas for that, and I think I was about six before I realised that everyone was celebrating someone else’s birthday.”

 

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