Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She has lived in Staffordshire, Liverpool and London, where she now works as a freelance writer. Her many awards include first prize in the 1983 National Poetry Competition, Scottish Arts Council Book Awards of Merit for her first collection, Standing Female Nude (Anvil, 1985) and her third, The Other Country (Anvil, 1990), a Somerset Maugham Award in 1988, the Dylan Thomas Award for 1989 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1992. This poem appears in Mean Time published by Anvil at pounds 6.95.
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