Born in Cardiff, Wales, Gillian Clarke is a poet, playwright, editor, translator (from Welsh) and President of Ty Newydd, the writers’ centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990.
She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the United States giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages.
She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her husband on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practice.
She is the national poet of Wales.