Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kate Clanchy celebrates young Oxford poets on BBC Radio 3

Wednesday, 07 October 2015


On Saturday 10 October, Kate Clanchy, Creative Writing Teaching Fellow on MA Creative Writing, will be appearing on BBC Radio 3 with a group of young Oxford poets in a programme entitled ‘We Are Writing a Poem About Home’.

The programme takes us into one of Kate’s inspirational lunchtime workshops at Oxford Spires Academy where she is the Writer-in-Residence, and introduces us both to her highly engaging teaching style and to twenty-two of her students, a number of whom have won or been highly commended in prestigious poetry prizes, such as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, the Betjeman Prize, the Tower Poetry Prize, and the Forward Young Responses Prize. Kate and her fellow teachers have also produced a downloadable anthology called The Poetry Takeover, which sets poems from the Forward Book of Poetry alongside students’ own poems in response.

Commenting on ‘We Are Writing a Poem About Home’, Kate said: ‘I love this programme: it celebrates the diversity of my students, their humour, and their sheer brains through their own voices. Brookes has supported me in my work at OSA for seven years now and I hope lots of staff and students will tune in. This is your community too.’

In addition to her role as a Teaching Fellow at Brookes, Kate was also Oxford City Poet between 2011-13, a post created by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and sponsored by the Centre and Oxford City Council. During her tenure, she worked with more than twenty schools and arts organizations across Oxfordshire, and hundreds of young people. Building on the success of the City Poet role, one of Kate’s students at Oxford Spires, Azfa Awad, was appointed as the first Oxford Youth Ambassador for Poetry, and Azfa’s work features in this Saturday’s radio programme.

The programme is to be broadcast on Radio 3 on Saturday 10 October from 9.30-10pm, and will be available for 30 days afterwards to listen to again.