Wales

Mervyn Peake Award for Terry Matthews from Brecon

A 76-year-old man with Parkinson's has won an award celebrating creativity among people with the disease.

Terry Matthews, from Brecon, Powys, has won the Wales People's Choice prize in the 2011 Mervyn Peake Awards.

They are organised by Parkinson's UK and judged by the Peake family, in memory of the late writer and poet who had Parkinson's and died in 1968.

Mr Matthews's prize is to have his poem, The Stone at the Door, featured in the charity's 2012 calendar.

It is the 10th anniversary of the awards and centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth.

They celebrate the creativity of people with Parkinson's in the categories of art, poetry, photography and digital art.

To mark the anniversary, the new people's choice award was introduced where the public could vote online for a regional winner. More than 1,000 people voted for their favourite piece of work.

Mr Matthews said: "I was delighted to find out that I had won the people's choice award and that my work will feature in the Parkinson's UK calendar.

"This shows that having Parkinson's does not have to stand in the way of creativity and I hope my success will inspire others to unlock their creative talents."

The regional winners will attend an awards reception in London on 8 July 2011.

Parkinson's attacks the part of the brain that controls movement, and affects activities such as talking, walking, swallowing and writing.

Repetitive shaking, known to sufferers as tremors, slowness of movement, muscle stiffness, insomnia and lethargy are some of the symptoms.

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