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Veteran poetess Imtiaz Dharker awarded with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014

Dec 19, 2014 16:00 IST

Noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz Dharker was on 17 December 2014 awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest poetry collection Over the Moon.

The award recognizes Imtiaz Dharker life’s contribution to poetry. It will be presented to Dharker in 2015.

Earlier on 4 December 2014, Dharker was unanimously chosen for the award by the Poetry Medal Committee at Windsor. Her nomination was approved by the Queen of the United Kingdom.

Imtiaz Dharker

• Dharker was born in Pakistan in 1954 but grew up a Muslim Calvinist in a Lahori household at Glasgow, Scotland.
• Some of her poems are included in syllabus of schools in the United Kingdom.
• She has so far published five books including Postcards from God and Purdah in 1997, I Speak for the Devil in 2001, The Terrorist at my Table in 2006, Leaving Fingerprints in 2009 and Over the Moon in 2014.
• Imtiaz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library. She is also a recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.
• She has also been awarded by the President of India with Silver Lotus for the best short film.

Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

• The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry was created in 1933 by George V at the suggestion of the then poet laureate John Masefield.
• The award is given for a book of verse published by someone from the United Kingdom or a Commonwealth realm.
• The committee of eminent men and women of letters under the chairmanship of the Poet Laureate gives the recommendations for the award.
• The recipient receives a gold medal. The obverse of the medal bears the crowned effigy of The Queen.
• In 2013, the medal was won by Douglas Dunn. Other winners of the award were W. H. Auden (1936), R. S. Thomas (1964), Ted Hughes (1974), Fleur Adcock (2006)and John Agard (2012).

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