nichols: Queen Elizabeth awards Grace Nichols the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021

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Guyanese poet Grace Nichols, who moved to the United Kingdom in 1977 when she was 27 years old, was announced as the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. And now, news is that Grace Nichols was presented the award by UK’s Queen Elizabeth II on March 16, 2022.

Sharing a picture from the award ceremony held at Windsor Castle, a post on the Royal Family’s Instagram account read: At Windsor Castle, The Queen today presented Grace Nichols with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021.

Established in 1933 by King George V, the medal is awarded every year to a writer for excellence in poetry. “The medal itself was designed by the late Edmund Dulac, with one side bearing the crowned effigy of The Queen, and the other featuring a figure of ‘Truth’ who is ‘emerging from her well and holding in her right hand the divine flame of inspiration – Beauty is Truth and Truth Beauty’,” the post further reads.

Grace Nichols’s first poetry collection titled ‘I Is a Long-Memoried Woman’ (1983) won her the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Before moving to Britain, Nichols worked in Guyana as a teacher and journalist. Some of her other notable works include ‘The Fat Black Woman’s Poems’, ‘Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman’, ‘Passport to Here and There’, among others.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II completed 70 years– on February 6, 2022– since she acceded to the throne after her father, King George VI’s death. “Her Majesty has gone on to reign longer than any other British Monarch in history,” according to the UK Royal’s official website.

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