It struck me that Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is nearing the end of his 10-year reign. As of May, we’ll have someone else penning poetry for majestic occasions, and no one much outside No.10 knows who it’s going to be.
So who’s up to the challenge? Is there someone out there with a brilliant gift for words? I’m ruling Morrissey out for writing The Queen is Dead and living in LA, but other than that anyone from Pete[r] Doherty to Stephen Fry goes. My vote goes to comedian Stewart Lee for his services of cynicism to the nation.
If you were in charge, who would you pick to be next poet laureate?
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