The Poetry Society, in association with the Royal Collection Trust, commissioned a new poem from Forward Prize winner and Next Generation 2014 poet, Kei Miller, to be inspired by the exhibitions Cairo to Constantinople and Gold, both showing at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. The poem, written by Kei to fit in with his ‘Place Name’ sequence in his Forward Prize-winning collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet), was premiered at an event held at the gallery on 12 February 2015 and is available to read and listen to on our website.
Kei was also chosen as a judge for the Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’, the winning poems of which were published in the Winter 2014/15 edition of Poetry News. The winning poets, Sharon Black, Tony Lucas, Tess Jolly, Anna Kisby, Nicola Mayne and Paul Stephenson were invited to read their work alongside Kei at the event The Queen’s Gallery. Also reading was the winner of a Young Poets Network challenge on the same theme, Alice Cattley.
Photographs from the event at The Queen’s Gallery
All photographs: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015