Gillian Clarke and Aberdare Poets

Gillian and Judy

Over sixty people attended an evening of readings hosted by The Aberdare Poetry Society with the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke on Thursday 8 September 2011 at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare.

The post of National Poet of Wales was established in May 2005 by Academi – the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Writers. The post is supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Lottery fund.

Gwyneth Lewis was the first National Poet for Wales in 2005, followed by Professor Gwyn Thomas in 2006. Gillian Clarke is the third poet to take up the post.

Gillian was born in Cardiff and now lives in Ceredigion. She is a poet, playwright, editor and translator. She is a freelance tutor of creative writing and her poetry is studied by students throughout Britain. She has travelled extensively giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages. Her publications include the forthcoming titles At the Source (Carcanet) and A Recipe for Water(Carcanet), as well as Collected Poems (Carcanet), Five Fields(Carcanet) and Making Beds for the Dead (Carcanet).

Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, says: “Gillian Clarke has honed her considerable artistic practice to create, over the years, a body of poetry which deals with the inner essentials of universal human needs and the outer specifics of a distinctive Wales, her take on Wales, which cradles them. The Arts Council of Wales is proud to sponsor this distinguished writer as our third National Poet”.