Poetry on Money/Poet Honoured in New Year List/Grants awarded – Poetry News Roundup January 2nd

In today”s new round-up we bring you articles about the new £2 coin that will be released sometime in 2018, the Historian who was named on the Queens New Years Honours List and the poets who received $40,000 grants.

Poets Words to Appear on £2 Coin

The Royal Mint has revealed that the words of World War I poet, Wilfred Owen will appear on the new £2 coin. They will form part of a poignant commemoration of the Armistice on the occasion of the 100th anniversary.

A quote from Owens poem “Strange Meeting – “the truth untold, the pity of war”, will grace the reverse side of the coin. This will be just one of several tributes planned for the poet in 2018; Oswestry, the town of his birth, are planning a statue costing £40,000 in his honour.

The majority of Owens poetry, written during 1917 and 1918, was published after his death in action. At the age of just 25. He died just seven days before the Armistice was signed on the 11th November 1918.

It wasn’t until the 1960’s when a collection of Owens poems was published that he became a household name. The £2 coin with Owens words on is not the only special coin that the Royal Mint have planned for this year, there will also be a coin in honour of the Royal Air Force, and a further £2 to commemorate the classic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

A special 50p coin will also be issued during to mark the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act. The Act gave the right to vote to women aged over 30; providing they met the appropriate criteria.

Bromsgrove Historian Awarded Honour in HM The Queens New Year’s Honours List

Jennie McGregor-Smith, a Historian and author from Bromsgrove has been awarded a British Empire Medical in the New Years Honours List.

The award has been given for services to the community of Bromsgrove, Ms McGregor-Smith was the co-founder of the Bromsgrove Society as well as being a member of the Housman Society for over 30 years. She played a vital role in the 1996 celebration of the poet, she was one of just four people involved in organising events which resulted in a memorial to A.E. Housman at Poet’s Corner.

Three Poets Receive $40,000 Grants

Last week we brought you an article about Lisa Robertson, the experimental poet who won the
Lisa was just one of three recipients a prize awarded by the Contemporary Arts Foundation who this year chose to award the prizes to experimental poets, who work in a field they felt was very underfunded.

Anne Boyer, was the recipient of the
her poetry is based around the themes of gender, class and illness.

The third and final prize was the inaugural
which is intended to be awarded to an artist from any discipline. This year it was awarded to Fred Moten, a New York based poet and critic.

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