Poetry in mo­tion

Canal Boat - - News -

POET AND AU­THOR Luke Ken­nard has been ap­pointed as the new Canal Lau­re­ate, tak­ing over from boat­ing poet Jo Bell.

The Canal Lau­re­ate­ship was es­tab­lished by The Poetry So­ci­ety and the Canal & River Trust in 2013, to en­cour­age ex­cit­ing new writ­ing about the canal net­work.

Talk­ing about his ap­point­ment, 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.”

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