MANCHESTER Metropolitan University professor Carol Ann Duffy has been made a dame in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.
Ms Duffy, a professor of contemporary poetry and creative director at the Manchester Writing School of the university, had already received an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2005.
The 59-year-old, who became Britain’s first female poet laureate in 2009, has lived in South Manchester for 20 years.
She is among hundreds of people, including several from Greater Manchester and Salford, who received a royal accolade at Buckingham Palace in London on New Year’s Day.
“I am delighted that the long tradition of the Laureateship and poetry in general are part of these celebrations,” Ms Duffy said, after discovering she had been honoured.
“We have many wonderful poets in this country and it is a privilege to represent them.”
The Glasgow-born poet, who is openly LBGT, was also the first Scot to be appointed laureate by the Queen – a role in which she composed poems for special occasions – in the position’s 341-year history.
Her collection of over 50 children books, poetry and plays – published since her graduation from the University of Liverpool with a philosophy degree in 1974 – has already been recognised with various literary awards.
As well as being renowned for working with aspiring young poets in schools, she also campaigns to address gender, oppression and violence in the UK.
Ms Duffy, who has been a poetry lecturer at MMU since 1996, was praised by university chiefs for supporting students by organising projects and competitions to encourage their progress.
“It is a great way to reward and celebrate the generosity with which she has infused the role,” vice chancellor John Brooks said.
Meanwhile, Catherine Garside, from St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School in Swinton, has been made a CBE for services to education.
Arlene McCarthy, a former MEP from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, is awarded an OBE for parliamentary and political services in the north west.
Rebecca Bryant, head of crime and disorder directorate at Manchester City Council, was made also made an OBE for services to the community and Victim Support in Manchester.
And the Queen’s Fire Service Medal was awarded to James Owen, the deputy county fire officer at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.