Kate Clanchy (born 1965 Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish writer.
She was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. She lived in London's East End for several years, before moving to Oxfordshire where she now works as a teacher, journalist and freelance writer.
Her poetry and seven radio plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper; her work appeared in The Scotsman, the New Statesman and Poetry Review. She also writes for radio and broadcasts on the World Service and BBC Radio 3 and 4. 2009. She is a Creative Writing Fellow of Oxford Brookes University and teaches Creative Writing at the Arvon Foundation. She is currently one of the writers-in-residence at the charity First Story. Her poetry has been included in A Book of Scottish Verse (2002)  and The Edinburgh book of twentieth-century Scottish poetry (2006) 
Prizes and awards
- 1994 Eric Gregory Award
- 1996 Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) for Slattern
- 1996 London Arts Board New Writer Award
- 1996 Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award for Slattern
- 1996 Scottish Arts Council Book Award for Slattern
- 1997 Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (shortlist) for Slattern
- 1997 Somerset Maugham Award for Slattern
- 1999 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) (shortlist) for Samarkand
- 1999 Scottish Arts Council Book Award for Samarkand
- 2004 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) (shortlist) for Newborn
- 2009 Scottish Arts Council Book Award for What Is She Doing Here?: A Refugee's Story
- 2009 Writers' Guild Award for Best Book ( What is She Doing Here)
- 2009 BBC National Short Story Award for "The Not-Dead and The Saved"
- 2013 Costa Book Awards (First Novel), shortlisted for Meeting the English.
- Slattern. Picador. 2001. ISBN 978-0-330-48929-4. 1st edition Chatto & Windus, 1995
- Samarkand. Picador. 1999. ISBN 978-0-330-37194-0.
- All The Poems You Need To Say Hello. Picador. 2004. ISBN 978-0-330-43384-6. (editor)
- Newborn. Macmillan UK. 2006. ISBN 978-0-330-41931-4. 1st edition Picador, 2004
- Our Cat Henry Comes to the Swings. illustrated Jemima Bird. Oxford University Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-272557-8.
- What Is She Doing Here?: A Refugee's Story. Picador. 2008. ISBN 978-0-330-44382-1.
- Meeting the English
Lorna Gibb in The Independent commented:
Kate Clanchy's new book, What Is She Doing Here?, can be described as a memoir of her relationship with a Kosovan refugee, Antigona, but it is much more than that. Antigona escapes from her devastated village by way of Italy to London, where she meets, befriends and is employed by Clanchy. The bond between the two women is fraught but strong, caught in the contradiction of their roles as employer, employee and friend. But, as Clanchy finds the words to write Antigona's story, we begin to hear Antigona's own voice, one that both educates and angers the narrator, and, above all, makes her question many things about her life.
Marina Benjamin in The Telegraph wrote:
Clanchy has done a marvellous thing. By giving voice to a refugee and telling a story that would otherwise have gone unheard, she reminds us both of the solidarity that exists between women, and of how far feminism - not just as an ideology, but as a system governing economic transaction - has yet to go.
The critic Deryn Rees-Jones has said:
Kate Clanchy is notable for her tightly-written lyrics that explore thirtysomething life in the post-feminist era. Newborn, her third collection of poems, depends largely on a sense of recognition. It attempts to draw on common experiences of women, and the unfamiliar world they enter once they have boarded the pregnancy train and realise, to use Sylvia Plath's metaphor, that "there's no getting off".
- "StAnza Festival 2017". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- Maurice Lindsay, ed. (2002). A Book of Scottish Verse. Robert Hale. ISBN 978-0-7090-6901-0.
- Maurice Lindsay, Lesley Duncan, eds. (2006). "Mitigation". The Edinburgh book of twentieth-century Scottish poetry. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0-7486-2015-9.
- "Scottish Arts Council - Literature - Book Awards 2009 - Non-fiction". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- Mark Brown (26 November 2013). "Costa book awards 2013: late author on all-female fiction shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Lorna Gibb (22 June 2008). "What Is She Doing Here? By Kate Clanchy". The Independent.
- Marina Benjamin (13 Jul 2008). "A poet and her cleaner". The Telegraph.
- Deryn Rees-Jones (7 June 2004). "Newborn, by Kate Clanchy". The Independent.
- "Kate Clanchy", British Council
- "‘Cool in my forties’: Kate Clanchy in conversation with Vicki Bertram", Horizon Review, Volume 2
- "The Girl from Nowhere: John Stammers interviews Kate Clanchy". Magma No 9 - Spring 1997
- "Poet Kate Clanchy wins BBC National Short Story award". Guardian article. 7 December 2009