Copyrightfrom Five Fields (Carcanet, 1998), copyright © Gillian Clarke, used by permission of the author and the publisher.
Gillian Clarke (b. 1937) is one of the central figures in contemporary Welsh poetry. Her own poems have achieved widespread critical and popular acclaim (her Selected Poems has gone through seven printings and her work is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain) but she has also made her cultural mark through her inspirational role as a teacher, as editor of the Anglo-Welsh Review from 1975-1984, and as founder and President of Ty Newydd, the writers' centre in North Wales. She was born in Cardiff and currently runs an organic small-holding in Ceredigion. The Welsh landscape is a shaping force in her work, together with recurrent themes of war, womanhood and the passage of time. Her last three books have all been Poetry Book Society Recommendations.
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