Polly Clark was born in Toronto, Canada in 1968 and was brought up in Cumbria, Lancashire and the Borders of Scotland.
She has pursued a number of careers including zoo-keeping at Edinburgh Zoo and teaching English in Hungary. In 1997 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry, and her first collection, Kiss (2000) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her second collection, Take Me With You (2005) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her collection Farewell My Lovely was published in 2009.
In 2004 she was selected as one of Mslexia magazine’s ten best poets to emerge in the last decade. For three years, she was Poet in Residence for the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton, a project which was shortlisted in the Arts and Business Awards 2002, and in 2004 she co-ordinated and presented a tour round the south east of England with the Pulitzer-winning author Richard Ford.
Clark’s unpublished memoir Thank You So Much For Writing won the 2014 Tony Lothian Prize. It was a winner in a 2012 national competition to find Scotland’s best new nonfiction. She produces the Literature Programme for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, where she programmes a range of writers and events, and currently lives in Helensburgh.
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