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

Sunday 16th September, 14:00 to 16:00

Octavo's welcomes you to the Sunday Sessions - music and poetry every other Sunday. This week featuring Claire Williamson, whose inventive and intensely felt collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren in April 2018.  For further information visit:

Friday 7th September, 19:30

The Friday night Festival fixture showcases some of Wales’ most exciting and engrossing poets. Expect words of wonder from Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson, Ross Cogan, Rhian Elizabeth, Mari Ellis Dunning and Rhys Owain Williams. Three of tonight's poets have had collections published by Seren this year: Elizabeth Parker's first full collection of poems, In Her Shambles, a notable debut from a talented young author; Claire Williamson's inventive and intensely felt collection, Visiting the Minotaur and Ross Cogan's startling new collection, Bragr. Rhian Elizabeth's debut novel Six Pounds...