Kate Clanchy

Kate Clanchy

Kate Clanchy was born and grew up in Scotland and now lives in Oxford. Her poetry collections Slattern, Samarkand and Newborn have brought her many literary awards and an unusually wide audience. She is the author of the much acclaimed Antigona and Me, and was the 2009 winner of the BBC Short Story Award. She has also written extensively for Radio 4.


Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Ahead of Burn’s Night, the annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border. 

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Our pick of the most beautiful, moving and original verses ever written about love and marriage, from the romantic to the unusual and the traditional to the contemporary, there's something for every couple.

Four short story collections to read this summer

The state of the short story has been much-debated recently. The form is having a come back, say some; short story writers still feel in the shadow of novelists, say others; aren't novels just long stories anyway, so why do we pit them against each other? say others again. The debate is as alive and well as the stories themselves, as these four collections that Picador is publishing this summer will testify. (If we say so ourselves.)

Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

The new design style for Picador’s collected and selected poetry books began with the hardback edition of Sean O’Brien’s Collected Poems, where I was trying to create something simple yet striking, collectable, and most importantly true to the poetry.

Friday poem: 'Driving to the Hospital' by Kate Clanchy

I love the tenderness of this poem; the city 'nursing its quiet'. The poem dips back into the past, describing moments weighted with hope and possibility. Time overlaps itself and the present becomes translucent for a moment, allowing a memory from the past to show through.

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English shortlisted for the Costa First Novel; Robin Robertson's Hill of Doors and Clive James's translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy on the Costa Poetry shortlist.

Read an Extract from Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English

Kate Clanchy was born and grew up in Scotland but now lives in England. She is a popular poet: her collections, SlatternSamark and and Newborn have brought her many literary awards and an unusually wide audience. She has also written extensively for Radio 4 and reviews and writes comment for the Guardian.