Clapham Library, London

Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf ran a series of John Clare workshops in July 2019, all hosted by Clapham Library, administered by Tim O’Dell and Arthur Lech.

Born in London to English and Jamaican parents Karen McCarthy Woolf’s An Aviary of Small Birds is described as an ‘extraordinarily moving and technically flawless’ (The Poetry Review) ‘pitch perfect’ début (Guardian). As poet-in-residence at the National Maritime Museum, she wrote her second collection, Seasonal Disturbances, exploring nature, migration, the city and the sacred. A Complete Works Fellow, Karen is an editor, critic and radio dramatist. Her work is translated into Turkish, Spanish, Swedish and Italian. This year sees her co-curating Radio 4’s Poetry Please, lecturing in China and joining UCLA as a Fulbright All Disciplines post-doctoral Scholar, as Writer in Residence at the Promise Institute for Human Rights Law.

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Karen McCarthy Woolf