Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast, close to where W.H. Auden wrote The Orators. She writes on a houseboat in London. Larchfield, her debut novel, inspired by Auden’s life and work in Helensburgh, was published to critical acclaim by Quercus under their riverrun imprint March 2017. Tiger her second novel is forthcoming May 2019.
Polly Clark is the author of three poetry collections. She won the MsLexia Prize for Larchfield, the Eric Gregory Award, and has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her pamphlet A Handbook for the Afterlife was shortlisted in the 2016 Michael Marks Awards.
Polly has worked as a zookeeper at Edinburgh Zoo, and for Tiger undertook a research trip into the remote Russian taiga where she learned to track wild Siberian tigers.