Kate Clanchy was born and grew up in Scotland but 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. Her first novel, Meeting the English, was published by Picador in 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa First Book Award and longlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her first collection of stories, The Not-Dead and the Saved, was published by Picador in June 2015. Clanchy's anthology of poems from the students of Oxford Spires Academy, England: Poems from a School, was published in 2018 by Picador. Her memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, was published by Picador in 2019 and was awarded the Orwell prize for political writing in 2020. She was awarded an MBE for her services to literature in 2018.