Celebrating Gray’s day with poetry contest
A LITERARY figure was honoured at an awards evening celebrating poetry inspired by him.
The Stoke Poges Society hosted an awards evening at St Giles’ Church, in Church Lane, Stoke Poges, to reward the winners of the Thomas Gray poetry contest, which it ran earlier this year.
Judge David Anthony commended the very high standard of entries, which he said made his task challenging.
This is the first year the contest has run, prompted by the society’s project to restore the 18th century poet’s tomb and monument and raise the public’s appreciation of Thomas Gray.
Gray is buried in St Giles’ Churchyard.
The competition will run in 2015 and in 2016, when the tercentenary of his birth will be celebrated.
The winning entry was Walking with the Bones and the Birds in Fairview Cemetery, by Martin Elster from Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Chairman Roger Askew and project coordinator Diana le Clercq welcomed three of the prize-winners, Mary McLean, Catherine Chanter and Carolyn King, whose poem Ebb Tide was placed second.
The awards were presented by project patron, Lucinda Lambton.
People were given a tour around the locations linked to Thomas Gray as part of the awards evening