Oxford Poetry Professorship Creates Controversy As Last Female Candidate Withdraws

06/09/2010 03:52 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Alison Flood The Guardian

Last year Nobel laureate Derek Walcott pulled out of the election for Oxford professor of poetry; now the only woman standing in this year's contest, poet Paula Claire, has withdrawn in protest over what she is describing as "serious flaws" in the election process that she believes have pushed best-known candidate Geoffrey Hill ahead of all other contenders.

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