- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Emu House Publications (6 Feb 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956072402
- ISBN-13: 978-0956072405
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.2 x 1.6 cm
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Clive Blake (full name Clive Arthur Blake) was born 30th January 1954.
Clive has said that, "I was born, bred, watered and fed in Cornwall. I have always lived in the heart of Cornwall and Cornwall has always lived in my heart." Clive's father was A R J Rowse and mother was L J Rowse. Clive changed his surname to his mother's maiden name when his father and mother divorced.
Clive is best known as a poet and performance poet, but has also written plays and pantomimes, enjoys acting and presents a regular radio show on CHBN (Community & Hospital Broadcasting Network), along with his wife Stephanie. Their Rado Show is called "Take a break with Blake and Blake".
He is credited with inventing the word 'Phoetry' in 1994. He describes phoetry as a fusion of poetry and photography. He is also credited with inventing the word 'Visoetry' in 2005. He describes visoetry as illustrative visual poetry other than phoetry. He has produced a book of phoetry titled "View Points and Points of View". This is a collaborative project with Cornish photographer Chris Robbins. He is presently working on a follow up book to this to be titled, "View Point and Points of View Too ..." He is also working on a book of visoetry in conjunction with his son Adrian Blake.
Clive is very proud of his Celtic roots and credits much of his creativity to his Celtic genes. Channel 4's 'The Face of Britain' TV programmes used Clive's face to best illustrate the facial features of a Celt.
Any distant family tree connections with A L Rowse, the famous Cornish historian and poet, or William Blake the famous poet and painter have never been fully researched. Both the surnames Rowse and Blake hold such very strong literary connotations, that perhaps it was inevitable that Clive would pick up a pen with serious intent at some stage in his life.