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Kate Clanchy

About Kate

Kate Clanchy is the author of Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, described by Michael Rosen as “an explosion of moments, feelings, thoughts, and images”. Clanchy is an award-winning writer and acclaimed educator who champions the arts and creative education.

Kate has worked has worked as a teacher for over 30 years, both in the East End of London and in Oxford. As an educator, her mission is to inspire students from a range of ethnic, migrant and economic backgrounds to write creatively about their experiences. The anthology England: Poems from a School published poetry from a 23 of her students; the success of her students is measured not only in exam success and poetry competition prizes, but also in other invaluable ways.

Clanchy is herself a successful poet: her first poetry collection Slattern won a Forward Prize, and she held the position of Oxford’s first City Poet. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature and is current the Forward Arts Foundation Education Advisor, supporting the Foundation in influencing national educational policy.

Philip Pullman has described Kate Clanchy as “doing the most important job in Britain, and doing it magnificently.” Her keynote speech for our Heritage Learning Symposium is titled ‘We Come from Poems’.

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