Gillian Clarke was born in Cardiff in 1937. Her parents were Welsh. She was brought up to speak English, but is a Welsh speaker, too. She writes poetry and is a playwright and translator. In 1990 she co-founded Ty Newydd, the writers' centre in North Wales. She teaches creative writing to children and adults, and gives readings and lectures. She is the National Poet for Wales and her work has featured on exam syllabuses.
Gillian has a daughter and two sons. She lives with her husband, an architect, on a smallholding in West Wales. Here they raise a small flock of sheep, and look after the land organically. Her website is at
08.08.06 A Field of Hay
24.08.04 Shopping for Happiness, 45m
16.02.04 Letter from a Far Country, 45m
c2000 . The Blue Man
NOTES ON THE PLAYS
A FIELD OF HAY....2006
R4, 1415, 8 Aug 06. The field played by Fiona Shaw (mother of Harry Potter's dreadful step-brother in the first H.P. film); producer Kate McAll.
SHOPPING FOR HAPPINESS....2004
R$, afternoon play. With Annette Badlands, Helen Griffin, Nickie Rainsford, Betha Morgan, Katy Owen.
LETTER FROM A FAR COUNTRY....2004
16 Feb 04. Sharon Morgan, Margaret John, Cler Stephens, Christine Pritchard, William Thomas, Isobel & Christopher Lewis.
Interesting play for those who keep bees. Afternoon play.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
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