New City Poet for Oxford

Thursday, 21 July 2011


Oxford City Council has appointed its first City Poet – Kate Clanchy.

Oxford City Council has appointed its first City Poet – Oxford Brookes Creative Writing Fellow Kate Clanchy.

Kate was appointed after Councillors voted at Full Council to have a City Poet and the benefits it would bring to the city.

Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes are now working together with Kate to bring poetry to the community and inspire people to realise their own potential to compose poetry.

Steven Matthews, Professor of English and Director of the Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University commented: “The Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes has worked on local poetry initiatives in the city for over a decade now. We are very excited to participate in the City Poet initiative, and look forward to working with Kate, who we are lucky to see as the first poet to take on the role.”

”Kate, added: “I’m honoured and excited to be Oxford’s first City Poet. I’m not going to be a Laureate working on my own paeans of praise to the dreaming spires: instead, I aim to encourage other people to write about life in our multi-cultural city.”

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “I am delighted that Kate has accepted this post and I look forward to seeing the benefits of her work within the community.”

Kate aims to visit all schools across the city and to establish partnerships and projects with community groups and other events such as Oxford’s Literature Festival, the Story Museum and links with libraries for poetry focused activities.

Kate will also have a key role in helping to promote and develop Oxford's bid to become UNESCO's World Book Capital in 2014.

Kate will be present at Full Council on Monday 10 October where she will be welcomed by all Councillors and read some poetry.

Kate was born and brought up in Scotland, but has lived in Oxford for some years now. She has written three collections of poetry. She is also a Writing Fellow on the MA in Creative Writing at Brookes.