London Gets Its Own Young Poet Laureate
Warsan Shire has been appointed the first young poet laureate for London. The 24-year-old will take on the post for the next year.
Shire’s role was announced by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the Houses of Parliament today (3rd October), National Poetry Day.
The Kenyan-born Somali poet has given readings around the world, and featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt). Her first book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, was published by Flipped Eye Publishing in 2011.