The lure of her grandchildren proved too much for Gill McEvoy and she has relocated to beautiful Devon with Arthur her rescued lurcher to be closer to them. Co-founder of the Poetry Breakfast she has been a driving force behind many of Chester poetry groups which included a workshop group ‘The Poem Shed’, ‘Oyez! the open floor poetry read and ‘The Golden Pear.’ She is also a much respected judge of poetry competitions. Her rare insight and understanding of literature is exceptional. A Hawthornden Fellow, Gill has appeared on Sky Arts TV speaking about free verse as opposed to formal verse; was Artistic Director twice for ‘Chester Oyez!’ the spoken word section of Chester Literature Festival which is now sadly defunct and won the prestigious Michael Marks Award in 2015 for her pamphlet ‘The First Telling.’
The award ceremony was held at the British Library in London. Gill won, as well a very substantial monetary prize, a trip to Greece where for two weeks she was ‘poet in residence’ for Harvard University. ‘The First Telling’ – covered the delicate subject of rape and she received a personal letter from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who is a patron of Rape Crisis.
Gill has had published the following…
Happenstance Press: Uncertain Days (2006), A Sampler (2008) and The First Telling (2014). Cinnamon Press: The Plucking Shed (2010) and she is one of six featured poets in ‘Prole Books’ Caboodle (2015).
Gill is a poet of our times, highly respected and admired by many of her peers. She is a great loss to Chester and will be much missed. We wish her great happiness in this new chapter of her life.
Gill recording in the studio of the British Library.