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Thursday 31 May 2012

Past Poet Laureate Pens Royal Rhyme


A former Cheshire poet laureate has penned a poem in honour of the sixty-year reign of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Joy Winkler, of Macclesfield, was asked to create the sonnet by Cheshire East Council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Joy, who earned herself the title of Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2005, said: “I was delighted to be approached by the Council.

“My aim in writing the poem was to capture the anticipation and thrill of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“I do remember the day the Queen’s father died; it was dramatic as we listened on the radio. Writing the poem made me realise that I’ve been around for a very long time.

“Poetry is such a wonderful touchstone to the past, present and future and is a great way to express feelings and emotions which aren’t talked about in our day to day life.”

Joy says she hopes the poem will be interpreted as a ‘mental tapestry’ of what the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee means to people.

When Joy is not writing her own work, she facilitates creative writing workshops across the North West including working as writer in residence at Styal Women’s Prison for seven years.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for communities and regulatory services, said: “It’s great that we have such a talented person who can write like this living in Cheshire East.

“We are so proud of Joy and we are delighted to have this wonderful contribution to mark this historic occasion in our Borough. It perfectly captures the last sixty years of the Queen’s reign.”

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