Public has say in new Poet Laureate

<p>The search for the next poet laureate is to be partly decided by the public after the reign of Andrew Motion comes to an end next year.</p><p>The hunt launches today [Tuesday] and the BBC reports that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will consult academics and poetry and literary organisations in the UK. The public will also be encouraged to write to the DCMS with their suggestions. </p><p>Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said it was &quot;exciting to be looking to the future and to appoint a successor&quot; to Motion. &quot;The laureateship itself is such a long and fascinating tradition and what&#39;s wonderful about it, if you look at past laureates, is that they have all approached the role in distinct ways,&quot; he added.</p><p>He said Motion had achieved his goal of securing &quot;a higher profile for poetry in education and in society more generally&quot;. </p><p>Motion was appointed by the Queen in May 1999. The new poet laureate, who will follow in the footsteps of poets including Wordsworth and Betjeman, will be announced shortly before Motion stands down next year. </p>