This year’s poetry prize is given in memory of its founder, Candida Lycett Green, the daughter of John Betjeman, who sadly died on August 19th this year.
Candida became a great writer, campaigner and conservationist, writing 16 books in all. She was a champion of England and believed defiantly in the value of landscape and the importance of finding a place or places that mean something to you personally.
Cornwall was her favourite place, particularly Daymer Lane in Trebetherick, where she spent summer holidays as a child. Another favourite place of hers was the circular village of Uffington, in the Vale of the White Horse, in Oxfordshire. She lived there until she was three, at Garrard’s Farm, opposite the pub, with her parents John and Penelope, and her older brother Paul. She moved back to the village in her mid-fifties and died there this summer, aged 71, late at night on a Tuesday after listening through her bedroom window to bell practice from Uffington church.