Kate Clanchy

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965, poet Kate Clanchy was educated in Edinburgh and Oxford.

She lived in London’s East End for several years, before moving to Oxford where she now works as a teacher, journalist and freelance writer. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper and teaches Creative Writing at the Arvon Foundation. She was Poet in Residence for the Red Cross in the UK as part of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places scheme and was a member of the new IMAGES writers’ exchange to Australia, organised by the British Council and the Arts Council of England.

Kate Clanchy is the author of two prize-winning collections of poetry, the acclaimed Slattern (1995), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) and a Somerset Maugham Award, and Samarkand(1999), which was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Her poetry has been broadcast by BBC Radio and published in various newspapers and magazines including The Scotsman, the New Statesman and Poetry Review. She also writes for radio and broadcasts on the World Service and BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Newborn (2004), is a collection of poems covering pregnancy, birth and caring for a new baby. In 2005 she wrote a poetic picture book for children, Our Cat Henry Comes to the Swings.

Her book What Is She Doing Here?: A Refugee’s Story (2008) won the 2008 Writers’ Guild Award (Best Book). In 2009, her short story, ‘The Not-Dead and the Saved’ won the BBC National Short Story Award. In 2013 her first novel¬†Meeting the English was shortlisted for the Costa Prize for Best First Novel.


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