Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Sir Geoffrey!

It has been announced today that Geoffrey Hill is on the New Year's Honor list to become a Knight of the British Empire, the highest honor given to a subject, "For services to Literature".   Her Majesty the Queen bestows the honor at the New Year and on her birthday, June 11.  Geoffrey Hill is a Knight Bachelor -- making headlines around the world.  Is there a better way for a poet to usher in the New Year?

Stephen Bates, "'New Year honors list reflects my aims for big society', says David Cameron," Guardian (December 31, 2011).
Sarrah Cunnane, "Higher education figures recognized in New Year honours," Times Higher Education (December 31, 2011).
Meera Selva, "Queen honors actress, former prisoner" Times Leader (December 31, 2011).
Michael Rundle, "New Year Honours List 2012" (features slide-show), Huffingtonpost UK (December 31, 2011).
List of Honours from British Government "The UK honours system," (December 31, 2011).
List of Honours from BBC News Service (December 31, 2011).
John Bingham, "The New Year Honours 2012," Telegraph (Dec 31, 2011).
Abbas Panjwani, "Oxford professors recognised on New Year Honours List" Oxford Student (Dec 31, 2011).
"Comedian Corbett among string of stars featured in UK honours list," Irish Times (Dec 31, 2011).