Many congratulations to Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison who will be awarded Her Majesty’s 2019 Gold Medal for Poetry, in honour of her thirteen poetry collections. The Queen will award the Gold Medal at Buckingham Palace in 2020.
The Gold Medal for Poetry was established by King George V in 1933 by the Poet Laureate, John Masefield, and is awarded for excellence in poetry. Each year’s recipient is from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. The committee is chaired by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who received The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2018.
Lorna Goodison is a poet alive to places, from the loved and lived-in world of Jamaica where she began and started a family, to the United States and Canada where she has made her teaching career, but always re-connecting with her Caribbean roots. She travels with an ear alert to histories and voices.
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