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Clare Crossman (Writing Poetry)

  • Ended up in Cambridge via Kent, Rochester and Cumbria, whose wild beauty is a constant touchstone and draws her back.
  • Degree in English (Bristol), MA in Theatre Studies (Lancaster).
  • Spent a decade reaching for Lifelong Learning (University of Newcastle) in Cumbria, teaching creative writing to adults.
  • Works for South Cambridgeshire District Council Arts Service, for charities, in primary schools and with community groups.
  • Has been a writer in residence and festival poet.
  • Has collaborated with musicians Penni Mclaren Walker and Bryan Causton and with filmmaker James Murray-White. The artist Victor Ibanez has also illustrated some of my poems about climate change.
  • Wrote a short biography of the Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves called Winter Flowers which, as well as looking at her life, looks at her practice as an artist.

“I am interested in enabling people to access their own imaginations and giving them, as the poet Andrew Salkey wrote ‘Freedom to dream’, to use and experiment with language and imagery.” C.C.


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