Ann Margetson has been writing poetry since she was a 10-year-old girl in England.

More than 65 years later, the poet laureate for Cobalt, Ont. is in Halifax for Free Verse, a first-of-its-kind national gathering of Canadian poet laureates.

“When poet laureates get together we’re going to promote poetry in its various forms.

“None of us have the same style,” she said beneath sunny skies on top of a Halifax ferry on Thursday.

All of the laureates had a chance to perform for the public on the ferry as a part of Free Verse.

Shauntay Grant, Halifax’s laureate and event organizer, said it’s an opportunity to share poetry with the community.

“I was thinking ‘where could we do a reading that hasn’t been done’ and it seemed like a pretty cool spot,” she said before performing a verse to the sounds of saxophonist Rob Crowell.

Other laureates include:
Performing: Jill Battson of Cobourg, Ont., Brad Cran of Vancouver, B.C., Hugh MacDonald of P.E.I., Linda Rogers of Victoria, B.C., Agnes Walsh of St. John’s, N.L. and Pierre DesRuisseaux who is the parliamentary poet laureate.

• For a full list of Free Verse events, visit

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