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Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes...

Mark with Mayor Debbie BorckMilton Keynes has joined a growing list of towns, cities and counties in the UK by appointing their own official Poet Laureate. Outgoing Mayor Debbie Brock awarded the title to Mark Niel in recognition of his efforts to promote poetry and local poets through his work with Tongue in Chic as well as representing Milton Keynes at performances across the country.

In addition Mark was a key contributor and judge for the Mayor’s recent Royal Wedding Poetry Competition. The Laureateship is an honorary title which will support the Mayor’s ceremonial role at various civic events throughout the year. The announcement was made at the Council’s Annual Meeting on 17 May, 2011 by Debbie Brock. Debbie said,

“Mark is a great ambassador for Milton Keynes and a brilliant poet, he engages with many schools and groups across the city.  I look forward to reading about Civic life in the future represented in verse”.

A delighted Mark responded,

“This is a great honour which took me completely by surprise. I’ve always been proud to represent Milton Keynes and now I can do so officially, that’s a wonderful feeling. I hope to encourage others to read, write and listen to more poetry and continue to find opportunities to showcase the wealth of talent from our town”.

May 2011

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True Fiction

From today, you’ll notice Crime has gone missing
Vanished without a trace since yesterday.
Crime is now located in
the West Wing
As always, find Politics,
and you’re not far away

Adventure is just around
the corner
Though it can’t be seen
from current affairs
Philosophy you will have
to think about
It is close to Sex which
you’ll find upstairs

Yes, we’ve taken liberties with classification
You’ll pick it up, though at
first it seems like a mess
And since we moved
Religion next to Hygiene 
Cleanliness really is
next to godliness

If you’re looking for a murder, ask Jane on reception
Enquire nicely to avoid workplace friction
And due to overwhelming public demand
Political manifestos have now been moved to fiction

Crimes against humanity remain by management
And it seemed sensible to put Mediation by their side
Finally, if you can’t find Romance, see Jim
in the stockroom
Who tells me he’ll be only
too happy to oblige.


This poem was inspired by a notice in the staff room of Milton Keynes Central Library after a reorganisation
- true Story


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