Clare Crossman

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Clare Crossman was born in Kent. She studied English and has an MA in Theatre from Lancaster University. She lived in Cumbria until 2000 when her husband's job was relocated to Cambridgeshire. In addition to poetry she has also written plays for theatre in education. Clare has worked as a lecturer in adult education, caretaker and workshop leader in poetry for Start Arts. She has also worked for the charities Prism Arts, MIND and Inspire. In 2009, South Cambridgeshire gave her an award for her writing workshops in schools and communities.

Clare has published three collections of poetry:

Landscapes (joint winner of the Redbeck Prize 1996) was inspired after her father's death by the landscape of the north Pennines between Brampton and Alston.

Going Back (Firewater Press Cambridge 2003) was published as a result of readings at CB1 Poetry Café when she first moved to Cambridge.

The Shape of Us (Shoestring Press) draws on her feeling for the North and a response to the South, as well as elegies for lost friends and reflections upon growing older.  'The Orchard Underground' was commended in the Haddon Library competition Cambridge University.

Also included in the Shape of Us are two poems from 'Fen song: A Ballad of the Fen'. This is a collaboration between Clare and singer songwriter Penni Mclaren Walker with new poems from Clare and original songs from Penni. Described as 'inspirational'  it was performed 2009 to 2010 in East Anglia for Creative Arts East, Cambridge Arts on Tour and at the Essex Literature Festival with mandolin player Bryan Causton.

Clare's poems have also been anthologised in Contourlines New Writing on Landscape (Magdalene College/Salt Publishing) and A Room to Live in: A Kettle's Yard Anthology (Salt Publishing).

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