[Photo: Clare Writing]

[Heading: About Clare]

I was born in the South of England and have a degree in English Literature from Bristol University and have worked for most of my life in the arts. Between 1981 and 1990 I helped to run a community dance and drama company devising and writing material for young people 16-20. I wrote for theatre in education at the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster and my play 'Inside Marianne' was a winner of the Northern Playwrights Festival in 1987. In these years I was also writing poetry and after completing a Theatre Studies MA at Lancaster University I returned to live in Cumbria where I became writer in residence for Prism Arts and taught all forms of Creative Writing in adult education for the University of Newcastle between 1991 and 1999.

My husband's job was relocated to Royston in 2000 and since then I have run many poetry workshops in primary and secondary schools for START Arts and for Vital Communties. I was also writer in residence on a community theatre project for Cottenham village and Fen Edge Association for whom I wrote and directed a play for three voisces 'What Lies Underneath' 2007. In 2009 I worked for the Fulbourn Arts Festival with three different primary schools on an anthology of poetry about the life and work of Charles Darwin as part of the celebrations for his centenary.

My experience in the theatre has given me a way to facilitate the writing and performance of poetry in many different contexts, to interpret other subjects within education and to write for its own sake. I have published three books of poetry and written and directed two plays within communities.