By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail
Published: 02:26 BST, 4 May 2019 | Updated: 02:28 BST, 4 May 2019
Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the chance to become the next poet laureate
The acclaimed poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the chance to become the next poet laureate to focus on her own work.
Miss Dharker, who was widely tipped to receive the highest honour in British poetry, would have been the first Asian laureate in the post’s 350 years.
The 65-year-old, who describes herself as a Pakistani Scottish Calvinist Muslim, says it was a ‘huge honour’ to be considered for the role but ‘the poems won’ as she wants to focus on her own writing.
‘I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the demands pf a public role. The poem’s won,’ she told The Guardian.
‘It was a huge honour to be considered for the role of poet laureate and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support