Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Jo Shapcott wins Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Royal Gold Medal award for poet Jo Shapcott is described as the 'true crowning' of Londoner's career.
Jo Shapcott has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for PoetryPhoto: PA
The London-born writer earned more noble recognition today when she was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. This honour recognises her body of work including Of Mutability, which was named Costa Book of the Year.
Past recipients of the Gold Medal, which was instituted by George V in 1933 at the suggestion of poet laureate, John Masefield, have included WH Auden (1936), John Betjeman (1960), Philip Larkin (1965), Stevie Smith (1969) and Ted Hughes (1974).
Of Mutability has been described as her response to being diagnosed with breast cancer and an acknowledgement in the front of the 54-page volume says it "owes everything" to the medical team at Hereford County Hospital who treated her. Full story at The Telegraph