Guyanese poet presented with Queen’s Gold Medal
(The Royal Family) At Windsor Castle, The Queen today presented Grace Nichols with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021.
Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet who moved to Britain at the age of 27.
Her first collection of poetry I Is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
Established by King George V in 1933, the medal is awarded annually 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’.