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The Poetry Can (ISBN 978-0-9539234-4-1)
A collection of poetic voices exploring a domestic drama unfolding over two tense days. The story is edgy and emotional, distinctively woven with informal and mythical language."Claire Williamson's poems dynamically re-enact suffering in the manner of verse drama, a novel freed from the irrelevances of genre, a startling modern myth of human loss and grief, and the striving for recovery, back up from the depths to embrace the air and infinity that is ours. As Tennyson wrote "Let love clasp grief, lest both be drowned." I salute her."
PoTA Press (ISBN 0-9526432-6-X)
Ride On is an autobiographical narrative poetry collection."Beautiful brave writing, the story closes like a fist around your heart, makes it hard to breathe as you read and can't stop reading. And all the time the poetry turns the images this way and that, gives us mirrors, reflections, voices from a lifetime that utterly engages us, makes us desperate for the writer's own redemption. This is poetry that is honed to a sharpness of light, bright with spirit, transcendent."
- Rose Flint (Winner of the prestigious international Petra Kenney Poetry Award and author of Nekyia (Stride) Blue Horse of Morning (Seren) and Firesigns (Poetry Salzburg))
Eyewear Publishing (ISBN 978-1-908998-56-9)
Williamson's poems explore the realities of recovering a lost past through visceral stories of family truths. Unflinching, the poet interrogates, seeking understanding and freedom. Love, human relations and children are a central theeme in poems that portray a freshly explored present, but even here, nothing is taken for granted"Claire Williamson's work is both powerful and intriguing. Her words are ridden by animal energy; haunted by human mystery. These poems mourn loss and celebrate the new, with her distinctive blend of pathos and hope."
Seren (ISBN 9781781724439)
Claire Williamson's latest collection, Visiting the Minotaur, from Seren, concerns the suicide of a mother and brother, grief, art, architecture, and raising children. Grown from shifting soils of time and culture, the bull becomes a recurring motif: domesticated, wild, persecuted. Her language engages, subverts, surprises.
September 16th, 14:00 - Sunday Sessions: Poetry with Claire Williamson
In the past year Claire has been awarded 2nd prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly (2018), has been highly commended in the Bridport Prize (2017) and was runner up in the NeilGunn poetry competition (2017). She’s currently studying for a doctorate in Creative Writing at Cardiff University exploring ‘Writing the 21st Century Bereavement novel’. Claire writes libretti and has been commissioned to commemorate the SS Great Britain, the outbreak and culmination of WW1 and most recently St George’s Hall, Bristol. She is Programme Leader for the UK’s only MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.
Claire Williamson’s latest poetry collection Visiting the Minotaur is published by Seren.
Sunday Sessions are free to attend.Eventbrite page
November 14th, 2018 -Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza The Old Murenger House
The Old Murenger House, 52-53 High Street, Newport, NP20 1GA. 7.30pm. £5/£3.