Our very own Poet: Graham Clifford



“These birds, each only a slim book’s weight,
are strong, years old
and flick about dusk like black flames.”

From “Swallows”


We are extremely proud to say we have a very talented, published poet within our family. Graham Clifford, author of: ‘The Hitting Game’, ‘The Forward Book of Poetry’ and ‘Welcome Back to the Country’ is a well-established poet and Head of School at Willow Brook Primary.

Being both a poet and a teacher, Graham first studied Fine Art and Creative Writing before going on to complete his PGCE. Graham’s teaching career has seen him design and run creative writing workshops, teach poetry and introduce children to Modernist, Romantic and Contemporary Poets. Throughout his poetry career, Graham has appeared at: the Hay on Wye, The Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival and Bridport. This year, Graham will be adding to his portfolio by performing at T*Junction, Teesside’s International Poetry Festival.

Graham’s poems have been translated into Romanian and German, granting him international fame, and for the local community, they can see two of his poems chiselled into the paving in Walthamstow, East London.

Everyone at the Trust is extremely proud of his achievements, and wish him well at this year’s Festival.

To find out more about Graham, visit his website http://www.grahamclifford.co.uk/.


“Everyone I have ever known
rings me to ask how I did it.
I say I don’t know, and that’s the truth.
After a year the fuss hasn’t died away.”

From “The Best Poem Ever Written”