Clarke was born on 8 June 1937 in Cardiff, and was brought up in Cardiff and Penarth, though for part of the Second World War she was in Pembrokeshire. She lived in Barry for a few years at a house called "Flatholme" on The Parade. Although her parents were Welsh speakers, she was brought up speaking only English and learnt to speak Welsh as an adult - partly as a form of rebellion. She graduated in English from Cardiff University.
Afterwards she spent a year working for the BBC in London.
She then returned to Cardiff, where she married and had a daughter, Catrin, about whom she has written a poem of the same name, and two sons. She worked as an English teacher, first at the Reardon-Smith Nautical College and later at Newport College of Art.
In 1990 she was a co-founder of Ty Newydd, a writers' centre in North Wales.
Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has given poetry readings and lectures in Europe and the United States, and her work has been translated into ten languages. A considerable number of her poems are used in the GCSE AQA Anthology.
Clarke has published numerous collections of poetry for adults and children (see below), as well as dramatic commissions and numerous articles in a wide range of publications. She is a former editor of Anglo-Welsh Review (1975–84) and the current president of Tŷ Newydd. Several of her books have received the Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 1999 Gillian Clarke received the Glyndŵr Award for an "Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales" during the Machynlleth Festival, and she was on the judging panel for the 2008 Manchester Poetry Prize. Clarke reads her poetry for teenagers who are taking their English GCSE school exams. She is part of the GCSE Poetry Live team that also includes John Agard, Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Grace Nichols, Daljit Nagra and Choman Hardi.
In 2012 she received the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry award.
Anthologise annual schools competitionEdit
In 2011 Clarke was a member of the first ever judging panel for a new schools poetry competition named Anthologise, spearheaded by Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy. School students aged 11-18 from around the UK were invited to create and submit their own anthologies of published poetry. The first ever winners of Anthologise were the sixth form pupils of Monkton Combe School, Bath, Somerset, with their anthology titled The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead.
- Snow on the Mountain. Swansea, Llandybie, Wales, UK: Christopher Davies, 1971
- The Sundial. landysul, Dyfed, Wales, UK: Gomer Press, 1978.
- Letter From a Far Country. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 1982.
- Selected Poems. Mancheser, UK: Carcanet Press, 1985.
- Letting in the Rumour. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 1989.
- The King of Britain's Daughter. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 1993.
- Collected Poems. Manchester, UK, & Chicago: Carcanet Press, 1997.
- Five Fields. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 1998.
- Nine Green Gardens. Llandysul, Wales, UK: Gomer, 2000.
- Making the Beds for the Dead. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 2004.
- A Recipe for Water. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 2009.
- Ice. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 2012).
- Banc Sîon Cwilt: A local habitation and a name. Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK: Gwasg Gregynog, 1998.
- At the Source: A Writer's Year (mixed form). Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press, 2008.
- The Animal Wall, and other poems (illustrated by Karen Pearce). Llandysul, Wales, UK: Pont Books, 1999.
- Owain Glyn Dwr, 1400-2000(illustrated by Margaret D Jones; Welsh text by Iwan Llwyd; English poems by Clarke). National Library of Wales, 2000.
- T. Llew Jones, One Moonlit Night(illustrated by Jac Jones). Llandysul, Wales, UK: Pont Books, 1991.
- I Can Move the Sea: 100 poems by children (illustrated by Jenny Fell). Gomer Press, 1996.
- The Whispering Room: Haunted poems (illustrated by Justin Todd). New York: Kingfisher. 1996.
- The Kingfisher Book of Scary Poems (illustrated by Justin Todd). London: Kingfisher, 1996, 2003.
- The Poetry Book Society Anthology, 1987/88. London; Hutchinson, 1987.
- Six Women Poets (edited by Judith Kinsman). Oxford University Press.
- Bioverse: A collection of poems commissioned for The National Botanic Garden of Wales (edited by Andrew Sclater). HarperCollins, 2000.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Carcanet Press - Gillian Clarke
- ↑ "Gillian Clarke". bbc.co.uk. 15 December 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lknds. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- ↑ Welsh Academi - National Poet of Wales
- ↑ "Queen's Gold Medal for Welsh poet Gillian Clarke". BBC. 24 December 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12070426. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
- ↑ "Gorsedd honour for Gillian Clarke and Nigel Owens". BBC. 8 June 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13685046. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- ↑ "Wilfred Owen Association Award". 21 March 2012. http://www.carcanet.co.uk/np75.shtml. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- ↑ Alison Flood (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/23/ts-eliot-prize-poetry-shortlist. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- ↑ Anthologise
- ↑ Search results = au:Gillian Clarke, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 29, 2013.
- Audio / video
- Gillian Clarke (b. 1937) at The Poetry Archive; poems written and audio
- "The poet talks about her prose collection "At the Source" BBC Woman's Hour 13 May 2008]. (Audio 10 mins)
- "Making Beds for the Dead". BBC Woman's Hour 8 April 8, 2004]. (Audio 10 mins)
- Gillian Clarke at Carcanet Press
- Gillian Clarke at the British Council
- Gillian Clarke Official website
- Review of Gillian Clarke in the Guardian
- Gillian Clarke poetry workshop in the Guardian
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