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New poet laureate chosen for Staffordshire

Emily Rose Galvin from Lichfield has been chosen as the new Staffordshire poet laureate.

Emily is the first female laureate and forth person to hold the prestigious role and will hold the post until 2019.

Emily’s appointment was announced during the launch of the Staffordshire Poetry Collection as part of National Poetry Day on 28 September.  She now joins the recently appointed Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate Rebecca Lockwood on their journey to promote the joys of poetry.

The 27-year-old poet said:

“I am absolutely honoured, and incredibly flattered to have been chosen as the new Staffordshire Poet Laureate.  I can’t wait for the challenges and opportunities the next two years are about to bring – in particular, working with the new Young Poet Laureate as the first all-female laureateship for the county.  It’s a wonderfully exciting time for poetry, and I can’t wait to embrace it and help spread the word.”

The Poets Laureate scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service and aims to promote a love of poetry and showcase the creative writing skills of people across the county.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Emily to her new role and I’m sure she will do us proud.  Emily really impressed our judges with her poetry and presentation skills and I’m very much looking forward to her contribution over the next two years.

“I’d also like to thank our outgoing post holder Bert Flitcroft who has done a marvellous job over the last two years and I offer him our best wishes for the future.  Not only did Bert do a great job in raising the profile of poetry across the county but he also came up with the idea and overseen the creation of our first ever Staffordshire Poetry Collection which is wonderful.  Thanks again Bert.”

You can find out more about Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/poetlaureate

The Staffordshire Poetry Collection can also be viewed at www.staffordshirepoetlaureate.wordpress.com/staffordshirepoetrycollection