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Lichfield woman named as first ever female poet laureate for Staffordshire

A Lichfield woman has become Staffordshire’s first female poet laureate.

Emily Rose Galvin

Emily Rose Galvin

Emily Rose Galvin is the fourth person to hold the title and will take on the role until 2019.

The 27-year-old’s appointment was announced during the launch of the Staffordshire Poetry Collection.

Rebecca said: “I am absolutely honoured, and incredibly flattered to have been chosen as the new Staffordshire poet laureate.

“I can’t wait for the challenges and opportunities the next two years are about to bring. It’s a wonderfully exciting time for poetry, and I can’t wait to embrace it and help spread the word.”

The poets laureate scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service and aims to showcase the creative writing skills of people across the county.

Gill Heath, Cabinet member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome Emily to her new role and I’m sure she will do us proud.

“Emily really impressed our judges with her poetry and presentation skills and I’m very much looking forward to her contribution over the next two years.

“I’d also like to thank our outgoing post holder Bert Flitcroft who has done a marvellous job over the last two years and I offer him our best wishes for the future.

“Not only did Bert do a great job in raising the profile of poetry across the county but he also came up with the idea and overseen the creation of our first ever Staffordshire Poetry Collection which is wonderful.”

You can find out more about Staffordshire’s Poets Laureate at

The Staffordshire Poetry Collection can also be viewed at

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