The Sheffield University Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage, who is also a renowned poet and screenwriter is leading the UK's largest poetry event as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
The 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a series of events aiming to show the UK's arts and culture to the world during London Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. As the largest cultural celebration ever, the Cultural Olympiad is designed to get everyone in UK involved in Olympics.
The poetry event called Poetry Parnassus is bringing together more than 200 poets from all of the Olympic nations and connect a global community.
Professor Armitage said: "We couldn't get a poet from Antarctica. My gut feeling is that there are poets absolutely everywhere."
"It's insanely ambitious - there are political issues, geographical issues, and linguistic issues all to be overcome.
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The Cultural Olympiad aims to inspire creativity across international cultures, especially among young people. Making a real impact is the ultimate goal in creating a legacy that will last beyond 2012.