By Arifa Akbar
When the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy struck a deal with David Beckham – she would send him a handwritten poem about his ankle injury if he sent her a pair of his football boots in return – she expected a package to turn up six months ago.
Last week, in an interview on Radio 4, she revealed her frustration with the footballer who had evidently forgotten to post them, pleading: “Can I have the boots by Christmas, please?”
But now, in an interview published in today’s Independent, Duffy appears to have calmed down: “Beckham saw the poem ["Achilles", about the injury that kept the former captain out of the 2010 World Cup] and got in touch [to] ask if he could have a hand-written copy of it. And I said, ‘Yes, but only if I can have a pair of your boots.’ The boots apparently, are on their way. He’s had the poem.”