Polly Clark was born in Toronto in 1968 and brought up in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Borders of Scotland. She has worked variously as a zookeeper, a teacher of English in Hungary and in publishing at Oxford University Press. In 1997 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry. She has published three collections with Bloodaxe: her first collection, Kiss (2000), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; her second, Take Me With You (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), was a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize; her third was Farewell My Lovely (2009). Afterlife: New & Selected Poems is due from Bloodaxe in 2018. Her novel, Larchfield, inspired by Auden's formative years in Helensburgh, Scotland, won the Mslexia Novel Competition in 2015, and was published by Quercus in their riverrun imprint in 2017. She has also published short stories, and her memoir, Thank You So Much For Writing, won the 2014 Tony Lothian Prize for a new, unpublished biography. Polly now lives on the West Coast of Scotland and is Literature Programme Producer for Cove Park, Scotland's International Artist Residency Centre. She can be found on the internet at www.pollyclark.co.uk.
Books by Polly Clark