The Queen marks 30 years of the Forward Arts Foundation
Published 12 October 2023
Last night at Clarence House, The Queen hosted established supporters, friends and previous winners of the Forward Prizes for Poetry to mark 30 years of the Forward Arts Foundation and to thank them for their work to support and promote poetry in the UK.
The Forward Arts Foundation promotes public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of poetry in the UK and Ireland. The charity is committed to widening poetry’s audience, honouring achievement and supporting talent.
The Foundation’s programmes include National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Forward Book of Poetry, an annual anthology of the year’s best poems.
The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most widely coveted awards for new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. The annual ceremony brings together poetry’s biggest names to perform alongside rising talent in front of diverse and enthusiastic audiences. Notable alumni include Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Claudia Rankine, while Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Daljit Nagra are among those whose careers were boosted by early recognition.
A speech by The Queen Consort at the University of Aberdeen
Ladies and Gentlemen, you have a great past: 5 Nobel Laureates and 525 years of academic excellence. Your future, I know, will be greater still and, as your very proud...