South West Writers

Claire Williamson

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About the Author

Claire is a prize-winning poet who was born in Edinburgh and now lives in the South West of England, on the Welsh border.

She specialises in nurturing creative writing, both as craft and for wellbeing. Claire has had four poetry books published and also writes prose and performance-based work. Her poem ‘Rough’ was highly commended for the Bridport Prize in 2017 and she won an Arts Council award for her poetry collection ‘Ride On’.

When she isn’t writing poetry, Claire regularly facilitates workshops for both adults and children and is Programme Leader for the MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute. She has worked with organisations such as the Poetry Slam, Poetry Can, Poetry Society, Bristol Poetry Festival and UWE and gives regular readings across the country. She is available for workshops, readings and hosting.

Recent Publications

Split Ends , Eyewear , 2016
Visiting the Minotaur , Seren , 2018

Current Events/Projects

Hall on the Hill Opera (Librettist) Februrary - March 2018 To celebrate the new extension of St Georges Bristol, Claire wrote the words for The Hall on the Hill, collaborating with St Georges Primary School and Begbrook Primary Academy.
Words and Ears May 31st 2018 19:30, The Swan Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon
Seren Poetry Festival: THE SPOKE: Poetry and Music with Little Red February 17th 2018 Cornerstone Cardiff

Awards and Residencies

Highly Commended Bridport Prize , 2017 , Poem 'Rough'

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