In celebration of National Poetry Day on 5 October, A Level English students at Gower College Swansea were delighted to welcome poet Guinevere Clark to the Gorseinon Campus.
Guinevere’s first collection, Fresh Fruit & Screams, was published in 2006. Her work has since been seen in publications including Minerva Rising, The A3 Review, The Atlanta Review and nawr Magazine. She reached the final 10 of Ambit's International Poetry Competition in 2020 and received both Shortlisted and Highly Commended awards in The Hammond House International Literary Prize 2022.
Guinevere studied Creative Writing, Physical Theatre & Live Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with a First-Class degree. She also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a Creative Writing PhD from Swansea University.
“We were delighted to welcome Guinevere to our classroom on National Poetry Day and to hear her recite some of her original work for us,” says Curriculum Leader Hannah Williams. “The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and will hopefully have been inspired to put pen to paper themselves! I would also like to thank Swansea University’s English Department for their help in facilitating this poetry reading.”
National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends. Each year we come together because voices, words and stories help to bridge understanding in our community. The theme for 2023 is refuge.