Polly Clark’s three collections of poetry are published in the UK by Bloodaxe Books: Kiss (2000) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Take Me With You (2005), a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Farewell My Lovely (2009). Comma Press have published her stories in their Hyphen and Ellipsis series and her reviews and other journalism have appeared in The Guardian and The Observer. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, most recently on Poetry Please, and widely published in journals and broadsheets including The London Review of Books, Poetry Review, The Independent and The Financial Times.
Her latest work is Thank You So Much For Writing, a prose memoir based on her father’s letters. The first draft was selected for development towards publication after a competition in 2012 to find Scotland’s best new nonfiction. Polly is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates.
Before winning an Eric Gregory Award in 1997, Polly published poems anonymously and pursued a number of other careers, jobs and income streams including zookeeping at Edinburgh Zoo, writing for Paul Raymond Publications, teaching English in Hungary and Rights Manager at Oxford University Press.
Polly now produces the Literature Programme for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre where she programmes a range of writers and events. Projects include Poet to Poet translations exchanges with China and Israel and Freeing the Poet’s Voice, a unique voice masterclass for poets led by world-renowned voice coach Kristin Linklater. She also devised and still leads the Fielding Programme for new writers at Cove Park, which comprises a range of retreats and mentored residencies.