Gillian Clarke, born in Cardiff and now lives in Ceredigion, is one of the central figures in contemporary Welsh poetry.
She is a poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator and was the National Poet for Wales from 2008 to 2016. She is President of Tŷ Newydd, the Writer's Centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990.
Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain, and she reads her poetry to teenagers sitting their English GCSE. She has also written a number of children’s books.
In 1999 Gillian Clarke received the Glyndŵr Award for an 'Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales' during the Machynlleth Festival. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and became the second Welsh person to receive the honour. In 2011 she was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards, and in 2012 she received the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry award. Her book Ice was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2012.
She has travelled widely giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages.
Her latest collection, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in August 2017, and was chosen for the 2017 Exchange Bookcase.