Author Archives: claire collison

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!

where the oyster

I’m very excited. My pamphlets are back from the printers. I’ll be seeing them for the very first time on Thursday.  The collection’s called Where The Oyster Was. Here’s the title poem… Where The Oyster Was (Her Serene Highness Makes … Continue reading

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Havant flaneusing

Saturday was the final winter wander. And it didn’t disappoint. We flaneused proper. There was Mr Meat, selling off his steaks with a wink and a bit of banter (see Kate’s poem) and a rather good xmas fair at the … Continue reading

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Staunton Park

I can’t get over what luck we’ve had with the weather. Saturday’s Staunton writing safari, ‘Writing The Park’ could have been a wash-out; I’d warned participants to think of it as ‘words and wellies’. It would have been good anyway, … Continue reading

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the boat project

LOVE this project! Here’s something I wrote after visiting the boatyard, and then, back in London, finding an old wardrobe with these little plates inside: shirts, pyjamas, etc. It got me thinking about organising emotions, decluttering, finding a good home … Continue reading

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I see dead people

..that’s the most recent addition to the Havku, which has lately gone a bit Hallowe’en; Jane pitching in with ghostly knitted benches and spooky rashers and me batting back with cross-stitched hassocks. It’s also what I said to a slightly … Continue reading

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Ken Wood = Kenwood

Who knew? Kenwood was the brainchild of a Mr Kenneth Wood! I love this fact. I think more people have told me that Ken Wood has a Havant connection than any other Havant related fact. Even Mrs Mayor, Hazel, at … Continue reading

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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 – … Continue reading

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