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Invite the Hampshire Poet to your museum

Hampshire Cultural Trust has chosen Isabel Rogers as Hampshire Poet 2016 to help them celebrate this coming year. Isabel, from Cheriton, was chosen from a strong set of applicants from all corners of Hampshire for the sought-after post.

Isabel Rogers won the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and her poetry has been published in various magazines including Poetry Wales, Mslexia, Under the Radar and New Welsh Review.

She been shortlisted in competitions (eg. Charles Causley, Live Canon, The New Writer, Mslexia) and anthologised (2014 Furies, published by For Books’ Sake, three Live Canon shortlist anthologies and a forthcoming Vanguard Editions collection). Several of her poems have been set to music by the composer Ian Stephens.

Isabel is currently drawing together a first full poetry collection. She has also written two novels and several radio comedy dramas.

She now lives in Hampshire, having grown up in Surrey and gone via London and the Scottish Highlands.

Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2014 and judge of the Hampshire Poet 2016, said: 'I liked the liveliness of Isabel’s ideas about poetry generally and the Hampshire Poet role in particular. She displays an energetic commitment to the task of exciting people about poetry, both ‘on the ground’ across Hampshire and also online. I’m sure she’ll use this role to encourage others to write and to develop her own writing as the year progresses.'

Isabel will be commissioned to write poetry in celebration of the Trust’s exhibition and project work during 2016. Her poems will be shared widely through print and online publications. Isabel will also act as an advocate for the power of reading and creative writing. 

Isabel would be really happy to come out to visit a range of groups and settings across Hampshire. So if you'd welcome a poet's fresh take on your collections, or would like to arrange an event to attract writers to your museum, this could be the opportunity for you.

To invite Isabel to your museum, please contact Angela Hicken, Literature Development Officer at Hampshire Cultural Trust: Angela.Hicken@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Details of Isabel's published work and a regular blog