Friday, 30 September 2011

Handing over the laureate baton ...

Ann has handed over the laureate baton to Matt Black who officially takes over as the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6th October 2011.

We're delighted to welcome Matt to the role and look forward to working with him over the next 2 years.

Matt's launch event is on Thursday 6th October 2011, 7.30-8.45pm at Alfreton Library.
He'll be reading a selection of poems, including poems inspired by Games, which is the theme for this year’s National Poetry Day. Matt will also be launching the Derbyshire Literature Festival 2012 Nonsense Poetry and Prose writing competition.
The event is free and if you'd like to come along and meet Matt please book tickets with the Arts Team on 01773 831385 or email

Unofficially Matt has already started as laureate and will be popping in to various events during the Chatsworth Road Festival in Chesterfield which takes place 1st to 8th October. So if you're out shopping on Chatsworth Road over the next week you may bump into him.

Ali Betteridge
Literature Development Officer

1 comment:

Priscilla Baily said...

Welcome to Derbyshire, Matt. we are looking forward to seeing what you get up to as Laureate. No doubt you will be dropping in to lots of libraries over the next two years. Look forward to working with you and hearing more of your poetry.

Priscilla Baily
Reader/Audience Development Officer