Imtiaz Dharker turns down the chance to become the next poet laureate

Pakistani-Scottish Calvinist Muslim poet Imtiaz Dharker turns down the chance to become the next poet laureate 'to focus on her own work' Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the chance to become the next poet laureate  Miss Dharkerwas widely tipped to receive the highest honour in British poetry 65-year-old would have become the first Asian laureate in the post’s 350 years 

By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail

Published: 02:26 BST, 4 May 2019 | Updated: 02:28 BST, 4 May 2019

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Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the chance to become the next poet laureate

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

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