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Could you be Bournemouth’s first-ever poet laureate?
BUDDING bards and poetry aficionados of Bournemouth are being encouraged to apply to be the town’s first-ever poet laureate.
The introduction of this honorary position is the result of a campaign by Annie Christopher, a 63-year-old singer and music teacher who also runs a Mary Shelley celebration page.
Annie, who is now chair of the Poet Laureate Steering Group, said: “I’m excited, but I will only be satisfied once the poet is in place.
“They will be an ambassador to further enhance our reputation as a world-renowned centre of creativity and inspiration.”
The locally-based laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops and contribute to important civic events and festivals.
Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Rod Cooper and Bournemouth council hope the successful laureate will raise the profile of poetry and the arts by inspiring others to read and write poetry. Councillor Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture said: “Bournemouth is full of culture and creativity and this new role is a great opportunity for someone who has a real love of poetry to raise its profile in the town.
“I wish all those that apply the very best of luck.”
The unique role is for three years from December 2013 to December 2016 with an honorarium of £1,000 per year in addition to paid workshops.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, October 13. Applicants must live in Bournemouth, be aged 18 or over and have a minimum of two years experience of writing and sharing poetry.
For more information email email@example.com or go to bournemouth.gov.uk /leisureculturelibraries/libraries/poetlaureate/application.aspx.
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