Her name is Carol Ann Duffy.
She is the first woman British Poet Laurette.
She is also a single mother.
She is also openly gay... another first for the post of British Poet Laurette.
You can read more about her here and here.
Below is her poem Talent.
Talent by Carol Ann Duffy
This is the word tightrope. Now imagine
a man, inching across it in the space
between our thoughts. He holds our breath.
There is no word net.
You want him to fall, don't you?
I guessed as much; he teeters but succeeds.
The word applause is written all over him.
A mighty Pip! Pip! for Carol Ann Duffy!