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Wimbledon & The Poetry Trust announce first 'Championships Poet' | 23-May-10

Wimbledon & The Poetry Trust announce first 'Championships Poet' (2010)

The Poetry Trust says:

We're delighted to announce that The Poetry Trust has teamed up with Wimbledon to appoint the first 'Championships Poet'.

Throughout Wimbledon fortnight (21 June - 4 July) Matt Harvey will create a poem-a-day on all things Wimbledon, tour the airwaves and deliver impromptu live-performances to the famous Wimbledon queue. We're sure his whimsical, perceptive, funny behind-the-scenes poems will delight tennis & poetry fans alike and introduce thousands more to the joys of volleying with words (sorry!!).

The announcement was made on a sunny Centre Court yesterday and has certainly lit something of a national/international media touchpaper with coverage as far and wide as Miami, Canada and Taiwan! For some coverage closer to home enjoy these links:

The Guardian:  http://bit.ly/Mattharveyinguardian 
BBC News: http://bit.ly/mattharveyonbbc
The Telegraph: http://bit.ly/mattharveyintelgraph
The Times:  http://bit.ly/mattharveyintimes

All Matt's poems will be viewable online and there'll be audio podcasts - featuring Matt reading his latest verses and sharing behind-the-scene observations - via the Wimbledon and Poetry Trust websites. 
  
Enjoy the first podcast www.thepoetrytrust.org/poetry-channel/ now as Matt explores Wimbledon, shares his excitement and reads his very first Championships poem 'Grandest of Slams' which you can also catch him reading as part of a short film on the The Guardian website: http://bit.ly/guardianfilm

If you enjoy Matt's poems, you shouldn't be without your very own copy of his first (and only) collection - The Hole in the Sum of My Parts, published by and available from The Poetry Trust. It'll be a collector's item soon! www.thepoetrytrust.org/books/

www.wimbledon.org

www.mattharvey.co.uk

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