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Oxford Professor Of Poetry Race: Wole Soyinka Favourite

William Hill are betting on who will be elected the next Oxford Professor of Poetry and make Wole Soyinka the Even money favourite. He heads the betting ahead of A.E. Stallings at 3/1 and Simon Armitage at 4/1. Sean Haldane and Ian Gregson bring up the rear at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.


“Soyinka heads the betting and is definitely the front runner but we have already seen Melvin Bragg switch his allegiance to Armitage so our winner could be coming up on the outside,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Who will be the next Oxford Professor of Poetry: 1/1 Wole Soyinka; 3/1 A.E. Stallings; 4/1 4/1 Simon Armitage; 6/1 Sean Haldane; 8/1 Ian Gregson