Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Thursday, 7 August 2014 to Sunday, 2 November 2014

The office of Poet Laureate is a special honour awarded by the Sovereign to a poet whose work is of national significance. 

This exhibition celebrates the work of the current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, at the half-way point in her laureateship.

It explores the role of the Poet Laureate, and the close relationship between poet and monarch over the last three and a half centuries. It brings together presentation volumes, original manuscripts, annotated collections of poetry and remarkable images of poets, including John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, John Betjeman and Ted Hughes. 

Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry is also represented by the work of the textual artist Stephen Raw, who has created several pieces for the exhibition.

Opening times

April to October
Open daily, 09:30-18:00

November to March
Open daily, 09:30-16:30

Admission prices

Adult £6.50
Concessions £5.90
Under 17 £3.25
Under 5 Free

For more details please see our Visit pages

 

Next events and group visits

Performance - A Choice Poem

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh performance poets give readings of favourite Laureate poems requested by the public. Along with each reading they will also recite a selection of their own work. ... Read more about Performance - A Choice Poem

Access Event - Verbal Description Tour

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Join members of the Learning team for this verbal description tour of key works and themes in the exhibition.  To reserve your free place contact the Learning bookings team (details below). ... Read more about Access Event - Verbal Description Tour