Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday

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It is Christmas Eve, 1799, and Dorothy Wordsworth is awake in the dead of night. She stands outside in the winter cold, waiting patiently.

When the new day breaks it will bring family and friends to Dorothy's door. For tomorrow is a double joy: tomorrow is her Christmas Birthday.

Carol Ann Duffy's wonderful poem Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday takes us to the frozen landscape of the Lake District, where a merry celebration is about to begin in the Wordsworths' cottage.

Gorgeously illustrated by Tom Duxbury, this festive poem evokes the snowy Lake District as Dorothy celebrates her birthday with her brother William Wordsworth and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Duffy's spellbinding verse, spiced with witty, wintry illustrations, recaptures a magic most of us left behind in childhood
Intelligent Life
A tiny time machine that transports us to a frosty Cumberland in 1799
Independent

About Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
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Selling Manhattan
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Off The Shelf
Off The Shelf
The Skipping-Rope Snake
The Skipping-Rope Snake
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
The Wren-Boys
The Wren-Boys
Ritual Lighting
Ritual Lighting
Bethlehem
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Mean Time
Mean Time
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Wenceslas
Wenceslas
The Bees
The Bees
The Other Country
The Other Country
The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Love Poems
Love Poems
Rapture
Rapture
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
Feminine Gospels
Feminine Gospels
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
To the Moon
To the Moon
Answering Back
Answering Back
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand