Barraclough was born and raised in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He studied literature in Nottingham and Brighton.
In 1997 he moved to London, where he works as a freelance writer in the creative and technical fields.
His poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He has been commissioned to write several new pieces for The Film Programme.
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