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Born in Glasgow in 1965, poet Kate Clanchy was educated in Edinburgh and Oxford. She is the author of two prize-winning collections of poetry: Slattern (1995), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) and a Somerset Maugham Award, and Samarkand (1999), which was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Her poetry has been broadcast by BBC Radio and published in various newspapers and magazines including The Scotsman, the New Statesman and Poetry Review. She lives in Oxford, where she works as a teacher, journalist and freelance writer. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper and teaches Creative Writing at the Arvon Foundation. She also writes for radio and broadcasts on the World Service and BBC Radio 3 and 4. She was Poet in Residence for the Red Cross in the UK as part of the Poetry Society's Poetry Places scheme.