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Vote Les as our very own Poet Laureate?!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:56 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

As speculation mounts about the next Poet Laureate, an unlikely candidate is emerging close to home. What may [or may not] have started as a little bit of fun now seems to be gathering pace such is the power of the web in connecting like-minded folk - with folk being the key word.

Could Wrexham-based folk hero, poet and [award winning] Welsh learner Les Barker [aka Mrs Ackroyd] really be in the running?

Les Barker

There's chatter on Twitter, a 700+ name petition on and they're even talking about him in Milton Keynes!

Meanwhile, in Devon the billing for one of his gigs next week reads: "Be prepared to laugh until you cry! Could he be the next Poet Laureate?!"

Whilst you make of that what you will, what does Les think about the idea? says: "Folktalk can exclusively report that Mr Barker's response to the petition was - 'Depends on the terms really. If writing nice things about the royals is part of the job description, I'm probably not the right man for the job. But if I have carte blanche until they realise it was a mistake, I could have a very good time for a day or two'."


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