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Oxford professor of poetry nominees named

20th April 2010

Three nominees for the prestigious University of Oxford professor of poetry have been confirmed, but a frontrunner could already be emerging.

Poets Geoffrey Hill, Sean Haldane and Paula Claire have so far received enough nominations to be included in the final vote to decide the new professor, the Guardian reported.

The newspaper claimed that Hill, who has previously won the Hawthornden Prize and the Whitbread Award, is the best known candidate and received the backing of 49 serving Oxford dons.

It added: 'The other two candidates may have an uphill struggle against him.'

Haldane, who is a consultant clinical neuropsychologist as well as a poet, said that if he is elected to the professorship he will 'talk about the neuropsychology of poetry'.

Meanwhile, Claire intends to shed light on how modern technology can be used to disseminate poetry, as well as looking at 'hidden' 20th-century forms.

Last month, the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, which is run by Oxford University's Christ Church, recognised the UK's emerging poets, with 17-year-old Emily Harrison awarded for her Love Has No Larynx.

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