in residence

Hello, this is the place to find writing and such that emerges from my being Writer in Residence at The Spring in Havant.

This Friday I’m going to be reading extracts from my own writing at The Spring 7.30 – 8.30. The following day, I’m kicking off the first of a series of Writing the Town Havant-Style Saturday Writing Safaris. I’ve been running these in Bloomsbury for a number of years (the fruits of which are on the sister blog, Writingbloomsbury, with a detour to Writing the Broken Relationship) – and they have always been a blast. If you’re anywhere nearby, do please come and join me.

I’ll set a treasure hunt of writing clues designed to inspire you into writing something brand new and amazing – the first Saturday will be in Havant itself, then there’s one on Hayling Island, another at Staunton, and then back to Havant for a final wander.

This Thursday is National Poetry Day, so I shall ensure Saturday’s outing includes plenty of juicy prompts to generate poems, although any style of writing is encouraged – and all levels of ability/previous experience are warmly welcome. Details on The Spring’s website, PDF link here:

Let the adventure commence.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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