Author Archives: claire collison

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!

The Intimate Tour of Breasts – next stop, Birmingham! (and a few poetry links)

    September, and a new development for the Intimate Tour of Breasts: I have been invited to create a Birmingham version of my walking tour as part of the exquisite Birmingham Still Walking festival, and also pre-empting the Birmingham Museum … Continue reading

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Kylie triolet

Photos taken from ‘An Intimate Tour of Breasts’ part of Walking Women festival, Somerset House, July 16 (credit: Clare Qualmann) After reading Penny Rutterford’s write-up of my walk: An Intimate Tour of Breasts in the Huffington Post blog , as Penny begins and … Continue reading

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The Contents of Kylie’s Bra

Originally posted on Great Things about Cancer:
Recently I have been preoccupied with what Kylie Minogue keeps in her bra. I suspect I am not alone, although my motives may be different to most. You see, until I lost a…

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Walking art and Women: making ourselves visible

Walking Women article in AN

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An intimate tour of breasts

As part of Walking Women at Somerset House, I shall be tour guide on ‘An intimate tour of breasts‘, a three-hour walk taking in high street and high art, tea rooms and fitting rooms. We will be exploring the mythologies and … Continue reading

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Magic, Miniatures, Moaning, and much more

Spring ’16 WTC saw us learning how to complain in Gordon Square, and considering the finer distinctions between nudity and nakedness at the National Portrait Gallery. Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence was a treat, and produced some great writing. We … Continue reading

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I Got an ‘Orse! #severalstoreys

To celebrate my upcoming Writing the Aylesbury estate workshop this Saturday – and because Charlotte Benstead will be promoting the whole Several Storeys project on the Robert Elms show tomorrow, here’s a cross stitch portrait by Estate resident Sandy Stewart of 1930’s … Continue reading

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Writing the City: New course starts Feb 16th!

Mary Ward Centre information on Writing the City and book a place

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Only Connect: curating the streets

Autumn ’15 WTC#6 For our final foray of the course, you are invited to invent your own series of connections. We shall be visiting three galleries ten minutes apart. Each exhibition has its own themes (what connects one work to … Continue reading

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Mind, Body and the Euston Road

Autumn 15 WTC #5: From Dr Finlay’s Casebook to Tibet’s Secret Temple 30 Euston Square was acquired by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)in 2010 to become its new headquarters. The foyer is a public space, with exhibits in … Continue reading

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