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Exhibition

Poetry for the Palace

Poetry: © Carol Ann Duffy; Artwork: © Stephen Raw; Photograph: Royal Collection Trust
Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy ©

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.

Events programme

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the gallery.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15-minute walk from the station.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and Skylink 300 stop near the gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.