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Guild Member Profile

Michael Clarke

Work in media industry
  • writer
  • blogger
  • media-professional
  • South East
  • CAMRA
  • Cooking
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Current affairs
  • Pop culture
  • Wine
  • Social media
  • City and business
  • Travel and tourism

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

I believe that beer writing can tend towards the more serious end of the journalistic spectrum and that beer drinking and visits to the pub are sociable experiences in which humour and inclusive participation are essential. Many of my articles try to promote these aspects of beer drinking, including parodies, short fiction and directions for pub crawls.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Mike has written many beer-related articles over the last ten years for Swan Supping, the award-winning newsletter of the Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe Branch of CAMRA awards. His work has also appeared in Beer, the national CAMRA magazine. He also writes fiction and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University (during which he wrote a novel set in a pub). He’s also had various stories published and performed professionally (including some at a prestigious, regular spoken-word event in central London – again in a pub).

What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?

Opportunities to network with other writers and to discover the latest developments in the world of beer.