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Winners of 'Gold' poetry competitions announced

Release date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A page from The Padshahnama entitled 'The weighing of Shah-Jahan on his forty-second lunar birthday, 23 October 1632'

A page from The Padshahnama entitled 'The weighing of Shah-Jahan on his forty-second lunar birthday, 23 October 1632' Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Young Poets Network and the Poetry Society have announced the winners of their recent writing challenges, held in collaboration with Royal Collection Trust.  The competitions focused on the theme of gold to coincide with the current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, which explores the distinctive qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine.

In September, the Young Poets Network challenged wordsmiths aged 25 and under to submit poems inspired by the subject of gold.  One hundred and thiry-five poets entered, submitting more than 150 poems covering figures from Midas to Agamemnon, and subjects such as gold's seductive properties, a gold ring as a symbol of love, and the effects of the material, both positive and negative, on human nature.

The Poetry Society's competition received almost 200 submissions from 141 poetry enthusiasts.  Poet and writer Kei Miller selected six winning works that ranged across themes from a description of the qualities of golden light diffused through a tree, to the physical crafting of gold. 

The winning poems selected by the Young Poet's Network and by Kei Miller on behalf of the Poetry Society can be read here.

Find out more about 'Gold' at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace here.