Horatio Clare

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Horatio Clare
BornLondon, England
NationalityWelsh British
GenreMemoir, Travel Writing, Children's Books, Fiction, Essays

Horatio Clare (born 1973) is a Welsh-British author. He worked at the BBC as a producer on Front Row (BBC Radio 4), Night Waves and The Verb (BBC Radio 3). He has written two memoirs, Running for the Hills and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope, a novella, The Prince's Pen, and two works of travel and nature writing: A Single Swallow and Down to the Sea in Ships. He wrote and edited Sicily Through Writers' Eyes. In 2015 he published Orison for A Curlew, a combination of travel and nature writing, and an acclaimed children's book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, the sequel to which, Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds appeared in 2017. Both Aubrey books were longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In the winter of 2017 Chatto and Windus published Icebreaker - A Voyage Far North, the record of a journey around the Bay of Bothnia with the Finnish government's Icebreaker Otso early in 2017.

Background and career[edit]

Born in London, Clare grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of South Wales. He later attended Malvern College and the United World College of the Atlantic before reading English at the University of York.

Clare describes the experiences of his childhood in his first book, the best-seller Running for the Hills. His second book, Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope was published in 2008. In 2009 Clare's third book, A Single Swallow: Following an epic journey from South Africa to South Wales", was published. In 2014 Chatto and Windus published Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men, the best-selling story of two voyages on container vessels Clare joined.

In 2015 his first children's book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, was published by Firefly, and an account of the disappearance of the slender-billed curlew, Orison for a Curlew was published by Little Toller Books. In 2017 "Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds" was published by Firefly. A collection of retellings of Welsh legends, "Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons", was published by Graffeg.

Clare is the author and editor of Sicily Through Writers' Eyes, an anthology of writings about Sicily, and a contributor to the collections Red City: Marrakech Through Writers' Eyes and Meetings With Remarkable Muslims. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, New Statesman, Financial Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph, "The Observer"and Vogue. Formerly Miriam Allot Fellow at the University of Liverpool and a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Clare now lectures in creative writing (nonfiction) at the University of Manchester.

Awards and honours[edit]


  • Marrakech the Red City: the City through Writers' Eyes, Sickle Moon / Eland, 2003
  • Meetings With Remarkable Muslims, Eland 2005
  • Sicily: Through Writers' Eye, Eland, 2006
  • Running for the Hills, John Murray, 2006
  • Truant: Notes from A Slippery Slope, John Murrary, 2007
  • A Single Swallow, Chatto and Windus (UK) and Nieuw Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2009
  • The Prince's Pen, Seren Books 2011, New Tales from the Mabinogion series
  • Down to the Sea in Ships, Chatto and Windus 2014
  • The Paratrooper's Princess Accent Press / Quickreads 2015
  • Orison for a Curlew, Little Toller Books 2015.
  • Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Firefly 2015
  • Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Firefly 2017
  • Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons Graffeg 2017
  • Icrebreaker - A Voyage Far North Chatto and Windus 2017


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  2. ^ "Ian Thomson wins 2010 Dolman Travel Book of the Year". dolmanprize.wordpress.com. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ Michael Kerr (28 September 2015). "Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award 2015 winner announced". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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