UK: Public to help pick poet laureate (BBC News)

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Public to help pick poet laureate


The role of the poet laureate includes writing verse for royal occasions

The search to find the next poet laureate is expected to be launched on Tuesday, with the public to have their say for the first time.

The reign of Andrew Motion, the first laureate to be appointed for a fixed 10-year term, runs out next year.

The government will seek advice on a replacement from academics, poetry specialists and the public.

Motion told BBC Radio 4's Front Row his successor would be "jerked into a more-or-less public life".

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said it was "exciting to be looking to the future and to appoint a successor" to Motion.

"The laureateship itself is such a long and fascinating tradition and what's wonderful about it, if you look at past laureates, is that they have all approached the role in distinct ways," he added.

He said Motion had achieved his goal of securing "a higher profile for poetry in education and in society more generally".

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will consult academics and poetry and literary organisations in the UK.

The public will also be encouraged to write to the DCMS with their suggestions.

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Full article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7746608.stm
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