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Clive is often referred to as ‘Cornish Poet Clive Blake’, which reflects the fact that he is intensely proud of both his Cornish and Celtic ancestry. An internet search of ‘Cornish Poet’, setting the search options to ‘Images’, will find many examples of his work, especially ‘phoetry’. Clive invented the term ‘phoetry’, meaning a fusion of poetry and photography, in 1994. This concept has struck an inspirational chord with many in the art world and has been used, built upon and extended, by many.
He enjoys sharing his poetry in a variety of formats, particularly performing his poetry under the banner of ‘Clive Live’. Clive says, “When members of the audience say that they don’t think of themselves as poetry lovers, but have really enjoyed my performance, I consider my goal achieved. Mine is a constant search to make poetry accessible to a wider audience.”
His performances are mainly confined to Cornwall, but he has a large international following of his written work. His poem ‘Wedding Vows” is fast becoming an international favourite and has been used in ceremonies all over the world.
He also enjoys acting, writing plays and Hospital and Community Radio. He and his wife Stephanie present a regular show on CHBN Radio.