Fri, 30/01/2009 - 01:15
Wendy Cope, a favourite to succeed Andrew Motion as Poet Laureate, has called for the post to be abolished. Writing in the Royal Society of Literature Review, she says the position has far too many expectations attached to it.
She suggests that a good poet can write about public events without holding an official title. The government...
Fri, 13/06/2008 - 10:38
Wendy Cope said recently that she never wanted to be poet laureate and labelled the post “ridiculous” and “archaic”. Next month, however, I am launching a campaign to appoint the first female poet laureate. It will kick off at the...
Tue, 10/06/2008 - 07:42
Poets Fleur Adcock and Ruth Padel, who have both been tipped for the role of poet laureate, have suggested that the post's responsibility of writing for the Queen was probably more trouble than it was worth, reports the Independent.
Adcock said that quite apart from the extra work it involves, the role continues to command a very...
Tue, 03/06/2008 - 08:07
The 400-year-old institution of the poet laureate has been labelled "ridiculous" and "archaic" by Wendy Cope, reports the Guardian. Cope is seen as a frontrunner for the position after the expected retirement of Andrew Motion next year, but answering a question at this year's Guardian Hay festival, Cope told her...
Fri, 02/05/2008 - 07:27
Faber is creating a new imprint that will make out-of-print classics available through print on demand. Faber Finds launches on 2nd June with 100 titles, and aims to publish a further 20 titles every month.
The initial list has been selected by Faber authors including Wendy Cope, Andrew Motion and Brian Friel. It includes books by P...