Polly Clark

Polly Clark (b. 1968)
Photograph of Polly Clark by Simon Hollington
Polly Clark © Simon Hollington



Polly Clark is a poet and novelist born in Toronto and brought up in England and Scotland. 

Full Biography

Polly Clark was born in Toronto and brought up in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Borders of Scotland. She has worked variously as a zookeeper, a teacher of English in Hungary and in publishing at Oxford University press.

In 1997 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry. Her first collection, Kiss (Bloodaxe Books 2000), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; her second, Take Me With You (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Farewell My Lovely  was published by Bloodaxe in 2009 and a pamphlet by Templar Poetry in 2016. Two new collections are forthcoming. She has also published short stories and a novel.
Polly now lives in Helensburgh. 

Poems by Polly Clark