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Gillian Clarke

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  • 'Clarke...reminds us that simply expressed facts can sometimes shine more memorably than fireworks.'
    Carol Rumens, The Independent
    'Clarke's work is both personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical.'
    Anne Stevenson, Times Literary Supplement
    'Clarke's poetry...gives voice to the unexpressed emotions and experiences of women over the centuries...this, together with the way in which her Welshness is such an integral part of her sensibility and her poetry helps to make Gillian Clarke one of our most important contemporary writers'
    New Welsh Review
    'Gillian Clarke’s outer and inner landscapes are the sources from which her poetry draws its strengths.'
    Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian
     'Gillian Clarke'€™s [poems] ring with lucidity and power... Clarke'€™s work is both personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical.'
    Anne Stevenson, Times Literary Supplement
    'Gillian Clarke is one of the most widely respected and deeply loved poets in the world.'
    Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
     'In Ice Gillian Clarke explores memory and identity through a series of winter landscapes.'
    Adam Newey, The Guardian, 1st December 2012
    'Clarke's mellifluous new collection [A Recipe for Water] is her first since her appointment as Wales's national poet in 2008. The drop of water on the tongue, she tells us, 'was the first word in the world', and it's through water that these poems give up their stories: history is written into the Arctic's ice; myths well up from river sources; the currents on the ocean wash culture and heritage onto our shores. Watery collections have poured forth from the pens of poets from Sean O'Brien to Maura Dooley in recent years; anticipation is high for Clarke's contribution to the pool'.
    Sarah Crown, the Guardian, 3 January 2009
    Awards won by Gillian Clarke Winner, 2011 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
    Winner, 2012 Wilfred Owen Award
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