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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: 
BBC News:
The Telegraph:
The Times:

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 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:

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!

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