Hello. My name's Clair. I am a poet and storyteller.
During the ten plus years I've been performing poetry, I’ve been a resident poet at poetry institution Bang Said the Gun; won the Farrago Easter Slam and Valentine’s Anti-Slam; been a regular featured act at Stand Up & Slam, and performed at arts festivals all around the UK including Settle Storytelling Festival, The Larmer Tree Festival, Chester Literary Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival.
The story so far...
In 2015/16 I wrote a one-woman poetry-play, directed by Olivier award-winner Guy Masterson, called Chopping Chillies and took it to the Edinburgh Fringe where it played as part of the Assembly Festival. Thanks to some very good media reviews and audience reactions in 2017, I took Chillies on a 20-date tour around the UK. It's been wonderful; a real dream come true.
Chillies will be touring in 2018 too, so if you'd like to come watch, check out the Chopping Chillies Tour page up top for dates. And if you'd like to book the show, just get in touch via the contact page.
I am currently writing two new poetry-plays, Feather Fell (working title) and One Man and His Dogs (also a working title) which I plan to take to the Edinburgh Festival in 2018. And together with Guy Masterson, I am co-writing the screenplay of Chillies.
When I am not performing or writing poems or running poetry workshops, I work as a freelance copywriter.
Thank-yous and acknowledgements
Whenever I talk about what I do, I always acknowledge that there's no such thing as a solo artist; there's an army behind me, supporting me, encouraging me and championing my work. So BIG thanks to: my incredible partner; my parents; my sister Suzy and bro Chris; my fairy godmothers Guy, Russell; my dramaturg Amelia Sears and my amazing friends: Katie & James Lester, Katie Phillips, Claire Davies and Caroline Parkes.