Buckingham Palace have announced the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
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Instituted by Kind George V in 1933, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry stands for excellence in poetry; be that based on an entire body of work or an outstanding collection issued during the year of the award. This year’s winner is Gillian Allnutt. The 67-year-old poet is from Newcastle upon Tyne – she studied at the University of Cambridge and currently works as a writer in schools and teaches adult creative writing classes. Her work is extensive and she has published several major poetry collections including: Spitting the Pips Out (1981); Beginning the Avocado (1987); Blackthorn (1994); Nantucket and the Angel (1997); Lintel (2001); Sojourner (2004); and How the Bicycle Shone: New and Selected Poems (2007). Nantucket and the Angel and Lintel were both shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize She was co-editor of The New British Poetry in 1988 and she also held a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Newcastle and Leeds Universities from 2001 to 2003. Upon hearing she would be receiving the Gold Medal, Gillian said she was "truly surprised and delighted". Dame Carol Ann Duffy, The Poet Laureate, commented on Gillian’s work saying; "Her writing roams across centuries, very different histories and lives, and draws together, without excuse or explanation, moments which link across country, class, culture and time," "The North is a constant touchstone in her work; canny and uncanny, its hills and coast, its ancient histories and its people. Her poems progress over the years to a kind of synthesis of word-play and meditation," she added. "In her work the space between what is offered and what is withheld is every bit as important as what is said. She has the power to comfort and to astonish in equal measure. In her outlook, her imagination, her concerns and her lyric voice she is unique." The prize will be awarded to Allnutt in 2017 by The Queen.
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