The new Poet Laureate – and me!

Congratulations to Carol Ann Duffy on being appointed the new – and first ever woman – Poet Laureate.

To mark the event, the BBC commissioned a selection of poets – including me – to write a poem offering the next Poet Laureate some advice. You can read our poems here.

I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Andrew Motion for the fabulous work he has done as Poet Laureate over the last 10 years. He has touched many many people with his poetry during that time. I was particularly touched by the poem he was commissioned to write recently for BBC Radio 4’s BH programme. Read the poem here I adore his image of crocuses as gas jets …

I look forward to savouring the poems Carol Ann Duffy writes as our next Laureate.

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