Cardiff: Wales’ national poet Gillian Clarke has become the second Welsh winner of Queen’s Gold Medal for verse.
Clarke said she was ‘humbled’ to join names illustrated names like WH Auden, Philip Larkin, Welshman RS Thomas and John Betjeman in receiving the honour.
Queen’s Gold Medal recognises her oeuvre which concluded in the collection ‘A Recipe for Water’ last year.
Clarke, who lives in Talgarreg, Ceredigion, will receive the honour from Queen in 2011.
Clarke was named Wales` third national poet in year 2008. She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and plays. She was ‘stunned’ when she heard the news of winning the gold medal.
Talking to a daily, Clarke said, “It is absolutely amazing. I don`t win raffles, so I didn`t expect this. Some of my greatest heroes have received the award - Auden, Ted Hughes, Derek Walcot, Les Murray, U A Fanthorpe and, at the top of my list, RS Thomas. I feel humbled so many wonderful people have received the award and I wondered if I belonged in such a distinguished list, but I thought if RS Thomas can accept, so can I.”