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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. She was a judge for the Young Muslim Writers Awards 2018 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 Snaps’ – 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.
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 taken part in the launch of the Vision for Reading, the City Leaders’ Forum and judged the Rethink Your Mind Yellow Book competition. She has also written pieces for the Holocaust Memorial Day and the Dream Catcher Project with Platform 8 and enlisted as a team captain at Write Club – a dynamic spoken word night in the city centre. Clare took part in the Stamford Verse Festival, featuring Lemn Sissey, Roger McGough and Grace Savage and has also performed alongside poets such as Mark Grist, Ross Sutherland, Keely Mills and Charley Genever.
She 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.