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OUR CAROL ANN IS POET LAUREATE.

Byline: PAUL BYRNE

THE Mirror's Carol Ann Duffy said she was "honoured and humbled" to be named Poet Laureate yesterday.

The 53-year-old is the first woman to be the national poet in its 341-year history.

Carol Ann, who edits our Poetry Corner column, has promised Mirror readers a special verse just for them to mark the occasion.

She said: "I've just done my 100th column and look forward to the second hundred. I have been delighted to do it for the Mirror and have been touched by all the letters from readers saying how much they enjoy it." Glasgow-born Carol Ann, who has a daughter Ella, 13, succeeds Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate since 1999.

She will hold the position for 10 years and follows poets such as William Wordsworth and John Betjeman.

Carol Ann said: "Poetry is all around us, all of the time, and we turn to it when events, personal or public, matter most. I hope to contribute to people's understanding of what poetry can do."

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Date:May 2, 2009
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