Wimbledon appoints 'Championship Poet'

<p>Wimbledon has appointed its own &#39;Championships Poet&#39;, who has been charged with writing works &quot;to capture the flavour and fervour of the world&#39;s leading tennis tournament&quot;. The appointment has been made in association with the Poetry Trust.</p><p>Matt Harvey will create a poem a day on &quot;all things Wimbledon&quot;, including ball girls and boys, the weather, strawberries and the umpires, as well as the matches and players. They will be made viewable on the Wimbledon and Poetry Trust websites, alongside audio podcasts featuring Harvey reading his own works.&nbsp; He will also write a blog and interact with tennis fans online, and give impromptu live performances as fans queue to enter the grounds. </p><p>A podcast is already available at www.thepoetrytrust.org, with Harvey reading his &quot;Grandest of Slams&quot; poem for the first time. </p><p>Harvey said he was &quot;delighted, with a little bit of healthy anxiety thrown in&quot;. He added: &quot;It&rsquo;s an honour, and I&rsquo;m acutely conscious it&rsquo;s the only time I&rsquo;ll come first in anything at Wimbledon, unless you count the queue for strawberries.&quot;</p><p>Honor Godfrey, curator of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, who proposed the concept said: &ldquo;We are always examining different ways of interpreting the Championships and this year the club agreed that having an official Championships Poet would provide a novel and interesting way of doing this.&nbsp; We are looking forward to working with Matt and the Poetry Trust and it will be fascinating to see both Matt&rsquo;s take on what we see year-in year-out, and indeed the public&rsquo;s reaction to the poems.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>Naomi Jaffa Director of The Poetry Trust, added: &#39;We couldn&rsquo;t be more thrilled and excited &ndash; for Matt, who&rsquo;s a poet we&rsquo;re so proud to champion, and for the tennis-loving millions around the world who&rsquo;ll be surprised and delighted - we hope - by some truly ace poems.&quot;</p>