Festival honour is poetic justice for duo

Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 14/01 14:11

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Buy photos » Poet Laureate Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito and current Worcestershire Poet Laureate Maggie Doyle receive their Honorary Friends Of Lit Fest Lifetime Membership from festival director Lisa Ventura (centre). Picture by Geoff Robinson www.2020zoom.com

TWO celebrated poets who have helped bolster the profile of the Worcestershire Literary Festival have been presented with a special honour to mark their support of the summer event.

Former Birmingham Poet Laureate Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito and current Worcestershire Poet Laureate Maggie Doyle have both been awarded Honorary Friends Of Lit Fest Lifetime Membership for their voluntary services to the festival.

Maggie, who comes from Bromsgrove, and Giovanni have been key supporters of the county's celebration of literature since its inception in 2010.

The first festival ran in June 2011 with the third one set to be staged at venues across the county this June.

Maggie has campaigned tirelessly since her appointment as Poet Laureate to promote the festival and poetry as fun and exciting, while Giovanni has supported the festival by giving his time voluntarily as a compere at festival events.

Maggie said she was delighted to receive the honour and was sure the festival would continue to go from strength to strength.

"I was excited at the concept of a literary festival which would cover the whole of Worcestershire when it first started to take shape in 2010, and am very pleased to have been part of since then," she added.

Festival director Lisa Ventura said: “Both Maggie and Spoz have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Worcestershire Literary Festival and have worked tirelessly to promote it."

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