June 18, 2019
Kate Clanchy is a poet, playwright and teacher, as well as being the Forward Arts Foundation official Education Advisor. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me has been described by Philip Pullman as “the best book on children and teaching and writing that I’ve ever read”. It is the companion volume to England: Poems from a School, an anthology of poetry by her students at Oxford Spires Academy, a state secondary school where 32 languages are spoken.
She won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1996 and was Oxford’s first City Poet, from 2011 to 2013. She’s also written many radio plays. Clanchy was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2018. Her new book, Grow Your Own Poem: A How-To Book, will be published September 2020.