This is a role that I have aspired to ever since I attended its first initiation in 2014 at Jabberwocky in Douglas. It is a real honour to be following in the footsteps of the posthumous Bard, TE Brown, and the previous four local living Bards before me.
I am full of ideas, which I am already starting to implement. A year is not as long a time period as it sounds and I am certainly not going to waste any of it. I have already penned my first poem – a gift for the Island’s new Deputy High Bailiff who is being invested on Monday.
The hard work starts here. But I also intend to have a lot of fun and fully embrace the whole magical experience.
I am so proud. I haven’t stopped smiling. Thank you very much to all involved for affording me this opportunity.
The Bard is a cultural initiative sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and endorsed by Culture Vannin and Manxlitfest - the winning poet is selected by a panel of judges based on their poems, performance and bringing innovation to the role.