It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.
Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief.
Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
If I Was Dead
The Scottish Prince
How many sailors to sail a ship?
The DarkCarol Ann Duffy
In the end, it was nothing more than the toy boat of a boy on the local park’s lake, where I walked with you. But I knelt down to watch it arrive, its white sail shy with amber light, the late sun bronzing the wave that lifted it up, my ship coming in with its cargo of joy.
Carol Ann Duffy
from Rapture (London: Picador, 2005)
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Pan Macmillan