328: A poem written for you by Clemency Pearce

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 13.00.22ITEM: A poem for you … the subject of which can be decided by the winning bidder.

BIO: Clemency Pearce was born in 1980 in the darkest depths of Essex. She grew up surrounded by wild animals, squabbling siblings and amused onlookers. At school she excelled at English and Art, but barely woke up during other lessons. She went on to study Art and Fashion at the University of the West of England, with great emphasis on questioning the world around her through vivid imagery, film and words. Writing was a faithful companion throughout her twenties as she travelled the world, worked in numerous jobs and fell in love (constantly).

By chance and by luck her close friend passed on a poem she had written to the Bright Agency in 2010. The Friend was Rebecca Elliott and the poem was ‘Fragoline’.

‘Fragoline’ is her first published work (Chicken House 2011) shortly followed by ‘The Silent Owl’ (Top That 2011). ‘The Beast Beneath The Bed’ (Hinkler)’ was released in spring 2012 and then came ‘Princess Milly’ (Puffin), a series of books about a muddled but magical little girl. ‘Three Little Words’ (Random House) and ‘The Boy Who Ate Everything’ (Hinkler) are scheduled for release in 2014.

She takes great pride in remaining immature, viewing the world each day as if for the first time. She remains in Essex with her toothless Persian cat, Lola.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Chris Masterman

    £15 to keep it going

  2. Annie Everall

    £20 to encourage others to bid on a great offer

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