CHESHIRE’S new poet laureate read out his first commissioned work in Ellesmere Port on Monday.
W Terry Fox is the county’s sixth official verse-smith and the first to hold the post for two years until December 2009.
This week he gave a reading of his first commission as part of Cheshire County Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.
Fox sees his installation as poet laureate as a tremendous honour and says poetry is one of his life’s passions.
He said: “Big words, small words, I love them all. I love the sounds and rhythms they make and I love them best when they are made into poems.”
Fox has been teaching poetry in the contemporary arts department of Manchester Metropolitan University for 10 years.
As well as his poetry collections, Village Verse and Dance of Fools, he has a number of published songs to his credit and an acclaimed biography of boxer Jackie Turpin, Battling Jack, now in its second edition.
Fox’s commissions for the coming year will be inspired by a number of key events including National Year of Reading 2008 and Cheshire Year of Gardens 2008.
Fox’s predecessor as poet laureate was Jo Bell, and the county council will publish her laureate collection, Navigation, shortly. The book will then be launched at Elles-mere Port Boat Museum on March 6 – World Book Day.
To invite Cheshire’s poet laureate to an event or commission him to write a poem, ring 01244 972898. For details of Jo Bell’s book launch, e-mail email@example.com
See Holocaust Memorial Day event, page 4.