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Lorna Goodison appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

No Text We are delighted to announce that Lorna Goodison has just been appointed as Poet Laureate of Jamaica!

Lorna succeeds fellow Carcanet poet Professor Mervyn Morris, who took up the role in 2014 as Jamaica's first Poet Laureate in 61 years. Goodison will be installed during a ceremony at King's House in St Andrew on 17th May. Her tenure will end in May 2020.

Goodison said, 'Without a doubt I feel blessed and privileged to take on this honour. It is even more significant that I follow in the footsteps of Mervyn Morris who played such a vital role in awakening the consciousness of many Jamaicans as it relates to poetry. I am looking forward to the next three years to share all that I have learned, and do in Jamaica what I have been doing all over the world.'

Goodison's Collected Poems will be published with Carcanet in April.

Congratulations Lorna!

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