1. Which Duffy poem appears in the BBC’s ‘Nation’s Favourite Poems’ anthology?
A: 'Warming Her Pearls'
2. In 2001 Duffy edited an anthology of love poems in which contemporary poets choose a poem of their own and one written by the opposite sex. What’s the title of the anthology and from which poet was the title taken?
A: Hand in Hand, Christina Rossetti
3. Who appears in a Duffy poem in ‘The World’s Wife’ and in a controversial song on The Smith’s first album?
A: Myra Hindley appears in 'The Devil's Wife' in The World's Wife and 'Suffer Little Children' on The Smith's first album
4. What award did Duffy win for ‘Whoever She Was’?
A: National Poetry Competition, 1983
5. The Guardian newspaper ran a long poem by Duffy in December 2008, a pastiche of which Victorian story?
A: Charles Dickens's, 'A Christmas Carol'
6. In which Duffy collection can you find the following preface (from Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’) ‘Now no discourse, except it be of Love; / Now I can break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep / Upon the very naked name of Love.’?
7.In her first interview after being awarded The Poet Laureate role in May 2009, Duffy announced she will be donating her annual fee to which organisation?
A: The Poetry Society
8. Why would the last line of Duffy’s ‘Prayer’ need to be changed if she wrote it today?
A: The last line is 'Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.' Finisterre is now called FitzRoy.
9. Why is the subject of a poem from The World’s Wife linked to fellow poet Ruth Padel?
A: The poem is called 'Mrs Darwin' and Ruth Padel is Darwin's great-great granddaughter.
10.‘But afterwards we wondered / why the infant did not cry. And why the Mother did.’ Which mother and baby is Duffy referring to?
A: The Virgin Mary and Jesus.
11. ‘Rounds’ is a ‘concrete’ poem - in the shape of what?
A: Christmas tree
12. Why was Duffy’s poem ‘Education for Leisure’ in the news in 2009?
A: It was banned from English schools national curriculum for references to knives.
13. In 1995, Penguin Modern Poets Volume 2 included selections from Duffy and which other 2 poets?
A: Eavan Boland and Vicki Feaver.
14. Allium cepa (Latin translation) – on what day of the year does Duffy 'give us' this vegetable?
A: 24 February. In 'Valentine' Duffy writes: 'Not a red rose or a satin heart. // I give you an onion.' Allium cepa is the Latin for onion.
15. Duffy edited Answering Back, in which contemporary poets choose a poem that has meant something to them, and write a poem in response to it. Which poet did Duffy write a poem in response to?
A: Rudyard Kipling.
16. What links the title of a Duffy poem to a hit song for Elkie Brooks and Ariel’s song from ‘The Tempest’?
A: Pearls. Duffy's poem is 'Warming Her Pearls', Elkie Brooks's song is 'Pearl's a Singer' and Ariel's song contains the line 'those were pearls that were his eyes.'
17. Which singer performs a hit song for ‘The Kray Sisters’? What’s the song?
A: Nancy Sinatra sings 'These Boots were made for Walking'.
18. What links Duffy to a 1984 Mike Leigh film starring Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman? Why?
A: Duffy's collection is Mean Time and Leigh's film is Meantime.
19. Which Duffy poem begins ‘A one a two a one two three four’ and ends ‘(A woogie wop a loo bam) yeah yeah yeah.’?
20. Which Duffy poem includes the following lines: ‘In the tea leaves / I can see the Queen of England gazing / on my shape. Magnificent, she murmurs, / moving on. It makes me laugh.’
A: 'Standing Female Nude'.
21. Who links Duffy to Brendan Gallacher?
A: It's a poem by Jackie Kay, Duffy's ex partner.
22. The day after Duffy’s appointment as Laureate, The Guardian newspaper published new work from her favourite women poets. Name 3 of the poets.
A: Any 3 from Moniza Alvi, Sujata Bhatt, Colette Bryce, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Maura Dooley, Vicki Feaver, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Grace Nichols, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel or Jo Shapcott. www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/02/carol-ann-duffy-women-poetry
23. For which collection did Duffy win the TS Eliot prize?
24. Which 2 honours has Duffy received from the Queen (not including the Laureateship)?
OBE and CBE
25. Which Duffy collection ends with the following lines? ‘I hear the bird sing its song, / piercing the hour, to bring first light this Christmas dawn, / a gift, the blush of memory.’