Duffy is keen to bring poetry to the heart of British life and has been at pains to make herself available for commissions, whether for Oxfam (she wrote a poem to launch its literary festival) or for the Edinburgh festival (“Inside the Yurt”). “I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem,” she says. “I always say that Ill have a go and see whether the poem works and if it does, then fine.” Just one poem, commissioned for this years Glastonbury festival, wasnt good enough to publish. She says that everything she has written so far will be published in the collection she is working on, alongside her more personal poems.
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