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Gillian Clarke to receive Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

24th December 2010

Gillian Clarke, the national poet of Wales, will be awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry next year.

The 73-year-old, who is the second Welsh recipient of the honour, will be given the award in recognition of her body of work, the most recent addition to which is her 2009 collection A Recipe for Water.

Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate and chair of the judging panel for the medal, cited Clarke's poem 'Letter from a Far Country', which was published in the early 1980s, as testament to her talent.

'This poem subtly and lyrically describes the everyday household responsibilities of a woman with a full, ordered, demanding life at home and a longed-for, free, dream-like life elsewhere,' she commented.

Clarke added that it is 'absolutely amazing' to win the medal and noted that it has previously been granted to 'heroes' such as W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes and R.S. Thomas.

The poet will be given her award, which takes the form of a gold medal bearing the image of the Queen, on April 23rd next year – the anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.
 

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