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Clare is Poet Laureate for Peterborough. In 2016, she was awarded the Future Floodlands playwriting commission with Eastern Angles Theatre Company and the Peterborough Environment City Trust, going on to write for the modernisation of the Mystery Plays with Eastern Angles in 2017. She has worked with Jumped Up Theatre, in collaboration with Battersea Arts and the One to One Development Trust.
A regular contributor to the spoken word scene, her poetry has been described as image-packed and lyrical. Clare has worked in schools and is involved in delivering projects to a range of community groups including users of the Change, Grow, Live service. She has written pieces for the Holocaust Memorial Day and the Dream Catcher Project with Platform 8 and performed alongside poets such as Mark Grist, Ross Sutherland, Keely Mills and Charley Genever.
Taking up a Writer-in-Residence position at Metal – Southend’s Pop Up Writers’ House, Clare developed a new work for theatre, exploring the visceral nature of embodiment as a female, sports woman and mother. She went on to be commissioned to develop a scratch performance of the piece: ‘Cold Snaps’ with Jumped Up Theatre, as part of the Platform8 season. Clare has recently had work published in a new poetry anthology from Poets In called ‘Stop The Stigma’ and has been a judge for the Young Muslim Writers Awards 2018.
Clare says that Peterborough is an exciting place to be living; a city with a stimulating cultural scene that has not only found its feet, but is now thriving.
As part of her role, she has been involved in a range of events; she took part in the launch of the Vision for Reading, the City Leaders’ Forum, judging the Rethink Your Mind Yellow Book competition, writing for events in the city such as One Day Without Us and enlisting as team captain at Write Club – a dynamic spoken word night in the city centre. She took part in the Stamford Verse Festival, featuring poets; Lemn Sissey, Roger McGough and Grace Savage.
Clare sees writing and/or verbalising poetry, as an act of making sense of ourselves and experiences. In exploring our inner lives and expressing them in a way that is most condensed with meaning, we engage in an act that communicates at a level directly opposed to the superficial.