London poet to receive Queen’s Jubilee Medal this week

Penn Kemp, London’s Poet Laureate for the past two years is being honoured with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to arts and culture on June 27.

It will be presented at a banquet at the London Marconi Club.

On the Governor General’s website it details some information about the honour:

“A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60thanniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.”

Earlier this month, Penn also became a life member of the League of Canadian Poets.

Penn has done a remarkable job in bringing attention to the arts in the city of London.

Penn offers some highlights.

“As an ambassador for the arts in London, I’ve presented poetry at many civic functions including London Culture Days (2010, 2011); the Mayor’s Address to the City of London (2011, 2012); the Creative City Summit; Museums Association Conference; London’s Cultural Prosperity Plan Culture Fair (the only artist performing at the April 3, 2012 event); and the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge, April 10 2012.”

Penn and I were also judges for Home County folk festival’s Great Canadian Haiku Contest last summer.

As her time as Poet Laureate ends, I wish to thank Penn for her contributions.



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