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Clare was Poet Laureate for Peterborough from Nov 2017-19. She is a founder member of Syntax Poetry Festival and an associate artist of Jumped Up Theatre. 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. She was a judge for the Young Muslim Writers Awards 2018 & 19 and has worked in schools and with community groups; recently having her work published in an anthology from Poets In called ‘Stop The Stigma’
Taking up a Writer-in-Residence position at Metal – Southend’s Pop Up Writers’ House, Clare developed a new work for theatre: ‘Cold Snap‘ – exploring being female, a sports woman and mother. She was commissioned to deliver a scratch performance of this with Jumped Up Theatre and was then awarded Arts Council England DYCP funding to develop the work and expand her own practise by working with Bryony Kimmings, Ross Sutherland, Jumped Up Theatre and the One to One Development Trust. She was selected to perform the piece at the Cambridge Junction as part of Views From The Bridge and is currently developing the work for touring in Autumn 2020 – Spring 2021.
Clare has taken part in the Essex Book Festival, Verse Festival (Stamford), the launch of the Deepings Literary Festival and alongside artists such as Mark Grist, Carmina Masoliver, Ross Sutherland and Panya Banjoko. Her writing has been described as ‘beautiful, honest and brave.’