Claire Williamson

Claire Williamson has an MA in Literary Studies, (UWE), and is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and Programme Leader for the Msc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute in London. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. She has worked closely with Welsh National Opera since 2003, writing the words for Cardiff City Songs, Billy and the Dragon and The Merman King, all WNO MAX productions. She is also involved in musical collaborations including ‘Home by Christmas’ which was performed by 350 singers at Colston Hall to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of WW1, and she was nominated for the British Composer Awards in 2015. Claire has written chapters in academic books on themes of creative writing and health. She is the author of two collections: Ride On, and The Soulwater Pool. Individual poems have appeared widely in magazines. Her third collection, Visiting the Minotaur, is forthcoming from Seren (April 2018). Claire is also a member of ‘The Spoke’ poetry group, well known for their electric readings.


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Author Events

Saturday 20th October, 19:30

Writing It Out – A evening of unflinching poetry with Claire Williamson, Christina Thatcher, and Helen Calcutt. Each with her own unique approach approach to writing trauma they will share poems written directly from human experience, delving into themes of loss, grief, and the deep psychological effects of change.  Claire's inventive and intensely felt collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren earlier this year. A Q&A session will take place after readings followed by book signings. Floor spots will also be available, with a limit of six places. To book your spot on a first...

Saturday 20th October, 10:00 to 16:00

Nurture the Creative is an exploratory day using words and images to stimulate your own creative connection with your imagination to nurture yourself. The day will be led by poet Claire Williamson whose collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren earlier this year and artist Frances King. The morning will be spent working gently with words in a person-centred way, and the afternoon will use art materials to consolidate thoughts, feelings and inspirations! No experience or skill in writing and art needed; this is an opportunity for playful exploration. Freshly made vegetarian lunch...