im Clare is a poet, author and musician. He was born in 1981, and grew up in Portishead, in South-West England.
In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series How To Get A Book Deal. His first book, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, a memoir about jealousy and having one last shot at achieving your dreams, won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards. He has appeared on BBC 2, Radio 1, 2, 4 and 6, and has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Big Issue and Writing magazine, amongst others.
As a stand-up poet, he performs all over the UK, both as a solo act and as a member of acclaimed poetry collective Aisle16 (‘Highlights of the spoken word scene’ – The Sunday Times). He has shared a stage with the likes of Vic Reeves, John Cooper Clarke and Tim Key. His debut solo show, Death Drive, will appear at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
‘absolutely mesmerizing… brilliant’ – Jon Ronson
‘hilarious’ – Lauren Laverne, Grazia
‘shrewd and funny’ – The Scotsman
‘Clare sparkled with a poignant wit that was harsh in its honesty yet charmingly cute… cracking with a big black comical C’ ***** – Latest 7
‘the bumbling charm of Jon Ronson and the splenetic bile of Charlie Brooker’ – The Bookseller
‘Tim Clare is funny. He’s smart. His poetry and songs – he’s a dab hand at the ukulele as well as having a way with words – are fresh and entertaining, whether taking swipes at middle class mores or comparing his love life to that of a video game character. Clare clearly has bags of confidence, and an energy that not only propels his poetry along at a cracking pace but ensures the crowd is caught up in it too.’ – Spoonfed
‘brutally honest, hilarious and engaging’ – Geek Pie