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Clare English

Clare English presents BBC Radio Scotland's lunch-time Book and Culture Café shows

Clare English's journalistic career began on the community broadcast wing of Radio Clyde, in Glasgow.

Working as press officer, she did some broadcast appeals and was asked to take a job in the newsroom as a researcher. She moved to BBC Radio Scotland's newsroom a couple of years later but quickly became the presenter of a weekly youth programme. This was followed by presenting a new arts television programme for BBC Scotland, and then the flagship radio news programme Good Morning Scotland.

In 1993 she moved to London to take up a reporter's job at Westminster for BBC Scotland. She stayed there for three years, culminating in the 1997 General Election. That year she also began presenting PM on BBC Radio 4. "Working with the PM team was great fun - it was the pace of the programme and the mix I enjoyed most," she says. "After six brilliant years, however, I decided that the commuting was becoming too much and joined BBC Radio Scotland's Arts Show - even more fun!"

Along with Janice Forsyth, Clare English became one of the principal presenters of the Arts Show - now The Culture Café - in Spring 2003. In February 2007 she launched The Book Café, the place on BBC Radio Scotland to hear all the latest from the world of literature.