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Brent's first poet laureate announced as Simon Mole

Simon Mole
Image caption Poet Simon Mole has previously had a sell-out one-man show

A poet laureate has been appointed in the London Borough of Brent for the first time, to celebrate the opening of Wembley Library.

Professional poet and local resident, Simon Mole, was selected for the position by Brent Council.

As part of the six-month role he will write poems about the area and run workshops.

The new Wembley Library, which is in Brent's Civic Hall, will provide a rolling stock of 60,000 books.

The role of poet laureate has been launched as part of Wembley WordFest, a programme of events including author talks and children's activities which runs until 29 June.

Indiana Jones

Mr Mole said: "As soon as it was mentioned I thought it was a fantastic idea.

"I think it's important to make people aware that [poetry] doesn't always have to rhyme and it's about expressing what they think or feel about the world.

"Another part of the project is letting people get their voices heard."

Previously, Mr Mole has held poetry residencies in South Kilburn and at Guys Hospital, performed with poets including Simon Armitage and at events such as the Latitude Festival.

He also performed a sell out one-man show in London called Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair.

Brent Council said it was "thrilled" to announce Mr Mole as its first laureate.

Wembley Library will open seven days a week and offer free wifi, children's iPads, a cafe and events space.

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