King Charles awards Gold Medal for Poetry

Selimina HillSelimina Hill - Photo by Maisie Hill

King Charles III awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry for the year 2022 to Selima Hill.

It is Charles’ first time to present the medal. The medal is awarded based on her body of work, with special recognition for Gloria: Selected Poems, a compilation of her first ten collections.

The Gold Medal for Poetry was first awarded in 1933 by King George V at the proposal of the then Poet Laureate.

The current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, said: “Selima Hill is an inimitable talent. The mind is fragile and unreliable in its poetry, but also tenacious and surprising, capable of the most extraordinary reactions, always fighting back with language as a survival kit.

You could say that life in general is her subject, the complications, contradictions and consequences of simply existing. Nevertheless, Hill’s writing is eminently readable and approachable, even funny at times, the voice of a person and a poet who will not be silent and fail to live up to expectations, especially poetic ones.”

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