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Cliff Yates is a poet and teacher. He is the author of nine books and chapbooks of poetry including Henry’s Clock, which received the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was overall winner of the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. His New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from Smith/Doorstop. A highly-experienced teacher and workshop leader, he was commissioned by the Poetry Society to write Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School. He has led courses and workshops throughout the UK and abroad. (More here.)

‘Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets, writing in an idiom I’d like to call “Skelmersdale Mystic/Domestic.” If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian’ – Ian McMillan

Cliff Yates is a uniquely inspiring writing tutor, with a fund of lightly-managed knowledge, insight and experience.  He is an amazing teacher and one of our very best poets’ – Peter Sansom