Saturday, June 19, 2010
Geoffrey Hill wins Oxford Professor of Poetry election by landslide
‘Greatest living poet in the English language’, who celebrates his 78th birthday today, voted in ahead of nine other candidates
His academic credentials and plethora of literary prizes have meant that Geoffrey Hill has been the frontrunner for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from the race’s start – and, this afternoon, the British poet was elected by a landslide.
Hill, who celebrates his 78th birthday today, was voted in ahead of nine other candidates with 1,156 votes, beating contenders including the Beat poet Michael Horovitz, the biographer Roger Lewis, Oxford-based performance poet Steve Larkin and South African poet Chris Mann.
Read all about it at http://worldbbnews.com/2010/06/geoffrey-hill-wins-oxford-professor-of-poetry-election-by-landslide/