Writing the City – Claire Collison

Interview with Karen Dennison on Writing the City. Bookings open for new course, starting next Tuesday.

Karen Dennison

WTC-Autumn-15-flyerI heard about Claire Collison’s course, Writing the City, when she contributed to my pamphlet Blueshift. I decided to ask Claire a few questions about the course – her answers are below followed by her poem, The Trial, from Blueshift.

What inspired the ideas behind this course?

I reckon we get our best ideas when we are away from our desks, and out of the classroom. The Mary Ward Centre is slap bang in the heart of Bloomsbury, so it felt criminal not to take advantage of that. I tell writers where we are meeting each week, and then, only on the day, they are given prompts and a map back to Mary Ward, with places to look for en route. Back at base, we share the day’s writing. There’s something really special about a group of writers meeting and experiencing the same things, then each writing about…

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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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