Born in Cardiff, Gillian Clarke is a poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator (from Welsh). In 2008, Clarke was appointed National Poet of Wales and in 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain.
She is president of Ty Newydd, the writers’ centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990. Since 1994 she has been a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan.
Clarke was the inaugural Capital Poet for Cardiff 2005-6 and her work has been translated into ten languages.
Her first published book of poetry, in 1971, was Snow on the Mountain and she has since written 11 more volumes of poetry including Letting in the Rumour, The King of Britain’s Daughter, Five Fields, Making the Beds for the Dead and A Recipe for Water. Her prose memoir At the Source: A Writer’s Year was published in 2008.
She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her architect husband on a smallholding in Ceredigion, Wales, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practice.