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August 15, 2012

Britain’s lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has turned the fairytale Rapunzel into a ballet which will tour in the UK from October

A ballet written by Britain’s lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is to go on tour in the UK from October.

Commissioned by London dance house Sadler’s Wells and choreographed by Liv Lorent, the retelling of Rapunzel will be Duffy's first foray into dance having previously written for the stage, and promises to take the fairytale back to its dark roots.

The ballet will be performed in stark contrast to Disney Pixar’s offering, Tangled released in 2010.

July 13, 2012

Britain’s lesbian poet laureate wins prize in memory of Harold Pinter

Britain’s lesbian poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has won the 2012 Pen Pinter prize. The annual prize is awarded to any British writer or writer living in Britain of ‘outstanding literary merit’.

Awarded since 2009, the prize was set up in memory of playwright Harold Pinter who said in his Nobel prize speech that good writing should cast an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze on the world and show ‘fierce intellectual determination… to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

January 25, 2012

We introduce you to three of our favourite contemporary LGBT Scottish poets

Get your haggis, neeps and tatties at the ready, it's Robert Burns Day!

People across Scotland (and the globe) will be donning their kilts in honour of the great Scottish bard, who famously wrote the likes of Auld Lang Syne, Tam o'Shanter, Ae Fond Kiss and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.

Born 25 January 1759 in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Burns was never appreciated during his time, only becoming a truly celebrated poet and national treasure posthumously.

January 4, 2012

The Queen’s openly gay poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, wins major poetry prize

Openly gay poet Carol Ann Duffy has won 2011’s Costa poetry prize and will now compete for Costa Book of the Year alongside four other finalists.

The Bees is the 56 year-old Scottish poet and playwright’s first collection of poems since May 2009 when she was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate, which made her the first Scot, the first woman and first openly gay person to take the post.