New poet laureate hopes to create schools competition

Photo: MSMP160812-016ow'Stamford Arts Centre. File picture.

Photo: MSMP160812-016ow'Stamford Arts Centre. File picture.

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A new poet laureate for Stamford has been appointed.

William Taylor’s poem Seasons in Stamford was judged the best entry to this year’s competition, which was held on April 11 as part of the Verse festival.

Mr Taylor will now go on to represent the town for the coming year.

His winning poem, titled Seasons In Stamford, took a look at the changing sights, smells and textures of the town through winter, spring, summer and autumn.

In his submission to judges he said he would spend his year as poet laureate trying to promote the art around the region.

Mr Taylor said he would focus on schools and youth clubs. He hopes to set up a poetry competition for different age groups with the winners performing at Stamford Arts Centre in a schools poetry night.

Mr Taylor also hopes to set up open mic nights at Stamford’s pubs.

The poet laureate competition was created in 2012 by Stamford Town Council at the request of the arts centre. The previous laureates are Darren Rawnsley and Teresa McLean.