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Wimbledon's first poet appointed

Published 19/05/2010 | 00:11

Poet Matt Harvey will pen a poem each day during the Wimbledon tournament
Poet Matt Harvey will pen a poem each day during the Wimbledon tournament
Matt Harvey has been appointed the first poet of the Wimbledon tennis championships

A new official will be keeping an eye on the lines at Wimbledon - as the championship appointed its first poet.

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Matt Harvey will be holding court with a poem each day throughout the fortnight of tennis tournament which takes place next month.

Harvey, a regular on Radio 4's Saturday Live and a lifelong fan of the game, will be capturing a flavour of the event with verses to be published online and in special podcasts.

Harvey - who has already written his first poem as Championships Poet 2010, called Grandest of Slams - said he was thrilled but nervous at his appointment.

"Quite simply I'm delighted, with a little bit of healthy anxiety thrown in," he admitted.

"It's an honour, and I'm acutely conscious it's the only time I'll come first in anything at Wimbledon, unless you count the queue for strawberries."

The new role has been created as a result of Wimbledon teaming up with The Poetry Trust.

Harvey's role will see him writing about anything from racket stringers to strawberries and cream, as well as the rain and other unfolding dramas on the grass courts.

His poems will feature on the trust's website - at thepoetrytrust.org - and wimbledon.org - the official Wimbledon site.

Harvey will keep a blog, talk to fans via Twitter and perform his poems to the queues waiting to enter the grounds.

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