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Herbie Hancock is new Harvard Professor of Poetry

1 of 1 Hancock was honoured by the Kennedy Center last year
Hancock was honoured by the Kennedy Center last year

Jazz, funk and techno maestro Herbie Hancock has been appointed the new Professor of Poetry at Boston's prestigious Harvard University.

The 73-year old takes up the post of 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry in February and will present six lectures on several topics as part of his role.

Hancock told BBC Radio 5 Live that he will be "mainly talking about [his] own experience and give them some stories".

Harvard's honorary post was launched in 1925, and has been taken on by the likes of writer TS Eliot and composer Leonard Bernstein in the past.

Hancock - who has won an Oscar and 14 Grammy awards during his career - described the post as "pretty daunting". His talks will include 'The Wisdom of Miles Davis', about the iconic jazz artist whose band included Hancock in the 1960s.

"The reason that I was chosen for this position was only partially because of music," says. "They also realised that I'm a goodwill ambassador to Unesco, which is partly to do with cultural diplomacy which I'm addressing in one of my lectures.

"I've been a practising Buddhist for 40 years so there's going to be a lecture on Buddhism and creativity. They were intrigued by the different ways that I presented myself."

 

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