Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kate Clanchy is the new Oxford City Poet

Monday, 20 February 2012

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Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes University’s Poetry Centre are working together with new City Poet Kate Clanchy to bring poetry to people in our community and inspire them to realise their own potential to compose poetry. Kate was born and brought up in Scotland, but has lived in Oxford for some years now. She’s written three collections of poetry and also writes stories. “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.” Steven Matthews, Professor and Joint Director of Research at Oxford Brookes University, says: “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 will work with students at Brookes University, and with the help of the charity First Story, she’ll also have a base at Oxford Spires Academy. Kate is aiming to visit all schools across the city and to establish partnerships and projects with community groups and young people. 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.