Poetry in motion
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.”