Rivers of the World

Totally Thames Festival One more week to catch the banners along Southbank, and the exhibition at City Hall, showing all the artwork worldwide from the Rivers of the World festival. I’m proud to have been involved. I worked alongside Shona Watt with schools in Stockwell, Croydon and Marylebone on rivery themes….

This writing is by pupils from Coloma School, inspired by the garnet shores found along the Thames shore –

11714480_10207307873717802_785624720_n 11667092_10207307885678101_754464114_n 11713632_10207307886038110_837663341_ninspired by these fabulous garnet brooches – 11665367_10153407010182034_6586287166940188521_n

…pupils illustrated their writing, using vintage scraps. These were then incorporated into the finished artwork – 12006453_10207795243461741_2205587261229445283_o


This is currently on display in The Scoop (City Hall) as well as outside Tate Modern. It was a dream job: dream school, dream team (me and Sho) and dream subject: Wild swimming in the Thames, mediated through a surreal Busby Berkley filter! Happy day! We even got to namecheck‪ #‎outdoorswimming‬society


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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