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Graduate appointed Poet Laureate of Luton

Luton Poet Laureate Mary Emeji with Mayor of Luton Councillor Syd Knight

Thu 20th December, 2012

Bedfordshire graduate and poet Mary Emeji has been appointed Poet Laureate of Luton.

Mary, a double law graduate with LLB (Hons) and LLM Commercial Law is already shining a light in her new role.

As Poet Laureate she hosts monthly Poetry Society events in the town and has been visiting libraries and local schools to promote and encourage poetry.

Mary spoke at the annual Women’s Day event held at Luton Town Hall and has appeared on BBC Three Counties Radio to discuss poetry taking phone calls from local aspiring poets.

She returned to the University in October to meet with literary students, offering a forum to perform their poems and writings.

The Mayor of Luton, Cllr Syd Knight (pictured above with Mary) said: “I am very impressed with Mary’s work in a short time to promote poetry in Luton. We do need to raise the profile of our poets in Luton, and she has done much to make that happen.”

Mary said she is “thrilled” by her new appointment, adding:  “I’ve always found joy in writing and reading poetry, which led to my creating a forum whereby Luton poets can come together and share their poems."

Mary has a busy schedule of public events lined up in 2013, which can be found on her website at:

She is also making time to launch her latest book Timeless Date on Saturday, 19 January at Luton Central Library at 2pm. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

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