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Dan Hooks - Andover Poet Laureate
Dan had forgotten his guitar

Dan Hooks, 
Love Andover’s Poet Laureate

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Daniel has been writing poetry since he was 18 and has inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from his poem called “Freedom”.

That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “We are free to be free”. Daniel finds writing is a collaborative process.

He has also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “Poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

He has a Soundcloud account in which he posts poems to music and my spoken word pieces. He finds spreading his work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting his skills to a wider audience.

He also runs creative writing workshops at a local youth group called Streets and at Inclusion where he also volunteers.

He was recently nominated for a mature learner award at Andover college in 2016.

BORN: 04/8/83

FIRST JOB: Shop assistant Toy Master Andover

FAVOURITE FILM: V for Vendetta

FAVOURITE SONG: Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack

MOST LIKELY TO: Perform poetry at open mics

LEAST LIKELY TO: Pick up a guitar and sing at an open mic

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About the author

David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.