A. C. Clarke (not to be confused with the science-fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke) is a poet and translator with a background in teaching and university administration. She was published in magazines and anthologies but has really concentrated on her writing since her retirement in 2002, when she also moved to Scotland. Her first full collection, Breathing Each Other In, was published by Blinking Eye Press in 2005; she now has three pamphlet and five full length collections.
Clarke has won a number of prizes, including Off the Stanza in 2011 and Second Light in 2012. Her second pamphlet, A Natural Curiosity, published by New Voices Press in 2011, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald award.
Clarke is an active member of Scottish PEN, and has used her interest in translation to work with refugee poets.
She collaborated with Maggie Rabatski & Sheila Templeton to create a pamphlet that challenged and interconnected the languages of Scots, Gaelic and English. The first results were Owersettin (Tapsalteerie, 2016) followed by Drochaid (Tapsalteerie, 2019). Her publication War Baby concerns her memories of a childhood during the London Blitz and her most recent pamphlet was Wedding Grief (Tapsalteerie, 2021).