Carol Ann Duffy is named first female Poet Laureate
As Andrew Motion comes to the end of his term as Poet Laureate it appears hotly tipped Manchester based Carol Anne Duffy will step into his shoes.
Carol Ann Duffy is to be named as the new Poet Laureate, the first woman to be appointed in the 341-year history of the post.
Duffy, 53, who takes over immediately from Andrew Motion and will serve ten years in the position, says she will give the £5,750 annual payment away.
The author, who is best known for her collection The World's Wife, is also the first Scot to be named Laureate.
The appointment will be formally announced by the culture secretary.
Ms Duffy's work Education for Leisure was removed from reading lists for examinations as it was thought to glorify knife crime, a growing problem among the youth in the UK. Hopefully Ms Duffy will enjoy her new position a little more than her predeccessor who complained the job was "thankless" and gave him writers block!