Poet Laureate Elaine is ready to write verse to mark local events

A COMPETITION to create the first ever Fenland Poet Laureate was won by Ely resident Elaine Ewart, and she is now ready to write poems for anyone organising a local event.

Elaine. who volunteers at the Welney Wildfowl and Wetland Centre and sings with Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers, is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in creating writing.

She was declared Fenland Poet Laureate by Atelier East at a ceremony held at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum; after her winning poem on the theme of fenland caught the judges’ eye.

As Fenland Poet Laureate, Elaine will now spend a year promoting poetry locally, and writing poems to celebrate special occasions.

“The level of entries for the competition was very high, but Elaine’s poem really stood out to us as judges,” said Karen Harvey, artistic director of Atelier East. “It was so descriptive, it really told a story and transported me to a different place. I think Elaine is going to do a great job as Fenland Poet Laureate and I hope she will join us in 2013 to find a worthy successor!”

INFO: Elaine can be contacted on: fenlandpoetlaureate@gmail.com