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Luke Kennard appointed new Canal Laureate | 08-Dec-15

The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust have announced poet Luke Kennard as the new Canal Laureate for 2016. Kennard will take over the Laureateship from boating poet Jo Bell, and plans to bring the perspective of "the curious, lost pedestrian" to his work about the nation's historic canals and waterways.

Luke said:

"I'm thrilled to be appointed Canal Laureate and I'm already looking forward to the work which will come out of this collaboration. I'm not a boater or an angler and the last time I rode a bike I hit a wall, but I love the mysterious and oddly beautiful environment of the canal paths, the focal point of the industrial and the natural; the way they act as footnotes to the principal roads and streets of the cities they pass through. I suppose I'll be bringing the perspective of the curious, lost pedestrian."

The Canal Laureateship was established in 2013, to encourage new writing about the canal network. 

Luke Kennard will begin his Laureateship by foot, writing about his canal-side journeys as he goes, in a series of new poems. The poems, and other surreal observations from the narrow road will be published from January 2016 on the project blog: www.waterlines.org.uk. You can also follow his adventures via Twitter @canalpoetry.

Read more about this on The Poetry Society website.



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