John Irving Clarke

Also writes as John, Clarke

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author of books for adults, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
After dinner speaking


Contact: mob: 07779809795

Mirehouse Poetry Award
Black Horse Poet of the Year
Writers' and Artists'Short Story Competition 2015 shortlisted author
Magic Oxygen Short Story Competition winner 2016

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


  Touchstones on experience. Writing, reading, speaking and sharing in creative arts projects can open up so many horizons. Find your own voice and take pleasure/satisfaction from airing that voice. It's what I'm about. Literacy skills are central; enhanced self-esteem is crucial.

Let your imagination fly, as Robert Frost said, Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Isn't that true of all writing and creative exploration? I work with all key stages and adults. I prefer to run workshops with active participation from participants of any age. Poetry? Short story writing? Shakespeare workshops? Scripting? Using the Spoken Word to enhance self-esteem? Contact me and we'll tailor something which is absolutely right for your group.

 I have been Head of English in two secondary schools and Assistant Headteacher in another. During my educational career,  I organised creative writing residentials as well as Arvon Foundation course visits for students. And since leaving teaching I have formed and led adult poetry groups and played a major role in the organisation and running of a highly successful spoken word event.
  The following recommendations demonstrate how some of my audiences and participants have responded:

It was fantastic. John showed us how to describe things in different ways - that was really good. We had a laugh.
Rotherham Women's Refuge

...a wonderful evening...inspiring and entertaining.
Emma Clark, Marketing and Press Officer, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.

John has a rich repertoire of skills to unlock creative writing potential in children, young people and adults.
Jim Wilson, Hands On Community Theatre Director

The children really enjoyed this afternoon...they love it that they have a poem to take away.
Year 2 Teacher, Castle Grove Infant School

Please come back to our school.
Thomas, Glasshoughton Infant School.

   I am based in West Yorkshire but I am willing to travel. My rates are based on Society of Authors recommendations, but contact me with your idea/visiting writer needs and hopefully we'll work out an appropriate plan.
Stories broadcast on BBC Radio Sheffield and Leeds and published in the Nottingham Evening Post and Yorkshire Ridings magazine, poems published in various magazines such as Poetry Monthly and Smith's Knoll then anthologised in
Who the Hell is Ricky Bell? (isbn:9780957542259)
Novel. Samantha Jones and the new kid in Year 11, Ricky Bell, were going to raise some hell. So why did they fall in love?
One River Many Creeks (isbn:0330397680)
Poems from all around the world chosen by Valerie Bloom
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Read Me At School (isbn:9780330472098)
A Poem About School for Every Day of the Year chosen by Gaby Morgan
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Read Me Out Loud (isbn:9780330446211)
A Poem to Rap, Chant, Whisper or Shout for Every Day of the Year chosen by Nick Toczek and Paul Cookson
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I Was Ready to Fall in Love (isbn:9780954337339)
Ten stories of love and loss through adolescence and beyond
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National Association of Writers in Education

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Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Non fiction for children, Fiction for adults, Young Adult

Stories and poems, talking, exploring, finding a voice, enrichment, expression, fun, creative, arts, workhops.