Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Gillian Clarke!

When/Where was she born:
8 June 1937.
Born in Cardiff, Wales.

She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her husband (an architect) on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practice.

Her perhaps best-known long poem, ‘Letter from a Far Country’, is richly informed by her own family history, women’s roles and domestic duties centering around children.
The Sundial (1978), was the first poem she had written since schooldays. It portrays her young son Owain, restless during the night, and the next day making a sundial in the garden.
Her early work reflects upon a farming landscape.

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