Friday, May 01, 2009

"ANOTHER First Time For Everything..."


She's asked for her " butt of sack" ( ie. 600 bottles of sherry: a Poet Laureate perk!) to be delivered up front.
AND That's Good Thinking: Andrew Motion was ( until today) Poet Laureate for 10 whole years and the poor fellow STILL hasn't received his.
SO I hope new Poet Laureate ( from today!) Carol Ann Duffy has got either vast cellar, big garage OR capacious wine rack...
It's fabulous news: yes, the Laureateship, but also the sherry.....
AND we now have our 1st woman Poet Laureate in 400 years...Elizabeth Barrett Browning ALMOST made the grade, as did Christina Rossetti , but until now the role has stayed eminently masculine.

A First Time For Eveything. This is lovely news.
** The snap is CarolAnn at Theatr Clwyd ( see my post of March 18th ) signing a book of children's poetry for my grandchildren!

10 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

y that it's a woman, but I don't envy her the job.

12:17 am  
Blogger liz fenwick said...

Great news in deed and ditto what Catherine said - tough job.

4:02 am  
Blogger elizabethm said...

Glad it has gone to the first woman and to Carol Ann Duffy who is a marvellous poet.

9:00 am  
Blogger Kay said...

That's good news! Love the sherry request ... good on her.

9:39 am  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

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11:34 pm  
Blogger Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Excellent news - and likewise, I love the sherry request! ;-)

4:57 pm  
Blogger Isabelle said...

She looks a lot less fierce there than she does in most photos I've seen of her!

12:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Catherine:
Well she's got it for 10 yrs so I don't think there's much chance for a bit!!

LizF:
She'll bring a lot to it.
She's fair and gutsy and a great choice.

Elizabeth:
And she may well be in a city near you in the Autumn..

Kay:
Think I'd have chosen a stash of red though..

HErHimnbryn:
HrRaH yourself!
Good to see you.

Vanilla:
Still wondering where she'll put it all...
We shall have to ask her..

Isabelle:
She's not fierce at all, but I bet she can be fierce on those occassions demanding a touch of fierceness.. Good on her!

2:21 pm  
Blogger Bee said...

Did John Dryden first ask for a "butt of sack" in poetic payment?

I'm looking forward to seeing what Duffy will do with the post. She does, at least, seem to have a sense of humour about it.

8:01 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Bee:
Humour!
An Essential ingredient in most serious things...
Good to hear from you.

10:29 am  

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