Gillian Clarke on winning the Hay Festival Poetry Medal

Gillian Clarke on winning the Hay Festival Poetry Medal

I had no reason to imagine this was going to happen so I didn’t understand at all where Peter was leading with his speech. It was totally unexpected and I’m shocked and charmed.

It is an absolutely fantastic award to win. I am very pleased with it. I am particularly delighted with the fact that the medal has an owl on it, representing the mythological character Blodeuwedd about whom I wrote a poem in my collection Letter from a Far Country. The way Peter did the whole thing was very theatrical, albeit quietly so. He produced the rabbit out of his hat, or the owl out of his pocket.

 

Photo by Sam Hardwick