In today's Sydney Morning Herald letters, Ian Nicolson of Banora Point writes:
"England has had a poet laureate since Gulielmus Peregrinus, appointed by Richard Coeur de Lion in about 1189. There are official poets laureate in Scotland, Wales, Canada, the US, South Africa, plus a number of smaller countries, states and even US cities. Australia has no-one. Does this mean we are bereft of candidates for such an honour or, as a people, without appreciation of what is the noblest of all forms of art and culture?"
I agree! We NEED a poet laureate if we are to shrug off our entrenched philistinism.
And that's why I'm putting my hand up!
Spread the word! Agitate, write to your MP and your local paper, shout it from the rooftops, send me money and saucy photos! Every little helps!
Together, we can make ME poet laureate, and usher in Australia's New Golden Age!!!!