Poet Laureate of Hampshire announced

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THE new Poet Laureate of Hampshire has been announced as Winchester resident Brian Evans-Jones.

The creative writing teacher at Winchester Discovery Centre beat hundreds of hopefuls to gain the title for 2012.

He will now be commissioned for many of Hampshire County Council’s cultural projects and activities throughout the year and have the opportunity to work with professionals.

He said: ‘I was really excited to find out that I’d been chosen, because I think it’s a wonderful chance to take poetry to people all over the county.’