Claire Williamson

Research student

Along with my doctorate research at Cardiff University, I am Programme Leader for Metanoia Institute’s MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) which is the only MSc of its type in the UK. I have worked extensively in the field of CWTP for over twenty years, supporting people with addiction recovery, profound disability and bereavement and more.

I'm the author of four poetry books, my latest poetry collection, Visiting the Minotaur, published by Seren in 2018. My work has appeared in a variety of publications, and have recently been highly commended in the Bridport Prize (2017). I also writes libretti and has been commissioned to commemorate the SS Great Britain, the outbreak of WW1 and most recently St George’s Hall, Bristol. 

I'm a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016) and a member of Lapidus International and NAWE.

Research interests

The creative process, words for wellbeing, representations of social psychology in literature and creative writing, contemporary poetry, narrative theory and creative social science research methods. 

Publications

Authored Books

2018: Williamson, C. Visiting the Minotaur. Seren (62 pages)

2016: Williamson, C. Split Ends. London: Eyewear (50 pages)

2008: Williamson, C. The Soulwater Pool. Bristol: The Poetry Can. (111 pages)

2005: Williamson, C. Ride On. Bristol: PoTA Press. (118 pages)

Chapters in edited books

2010: Williamson, C. Leaving Tortilla in G. Bolton and K Thompson (eds) Writing Routes. London: Jessica Kinglsey Publishers.

2007: Williamson, C. Reflections of a Writing Practitioner in V. Field, Z Ansari (eds) Prompted to Write.  Cornwall: Fal (pp. 73-78)

2006: Williamson, C. Meet your Writer Exercise in G Bolton, V Field, K Thompson. Writing Works. London: Jessica Kinglsey Publishers (p.176)

 2005: Williamson, C. Using Poetry with Young People: Survive and Shine. Hedges, D.  Poetry Therapy and Emotional Life.  Oxford: Radcliffe publishers (pp121-132) 

2004: Williamson, C. On the Road to Recovery: writing as therapy for people in recovery from addiction. G Bolton, S Howlett, C Lago, K Wright. Writing Cures. East Sussex: Brunner-Routledge (pp. 123-129)

Poetry Publication

Publication

Poem

Date/Issue

Raceme

Brizzle

 

(Forthcoming) No.5

From Palette to Pen

Holburne Museum Anthology

Priscilla Jones

June 2016

Raceme

Martyr’s Door, St Catherine’s Chapel, Temple Church

 

The Tower, Temple Church

Winter 2016/No. 3

PN Review

Roseanna Reads

March-April 2015/Vol 41

Poetry Space Competition Anthology

She Thought her Father was a Butcher

December 2014

The Echoing Gallery

(Ed. Rachael Boast)

4th January 2013

October 2013

Elements of Healing

Poetry Space

Passport

2010

Iota

The Unanswerable Question II

2005

Agenda

The Hippocrene

2005

Velocity

The Best of Apples and Snakes

If I Could

2003

Helicon

University of Bristol

Bathroom Wars

2002

Fusion

His Eyes

1998

Rive Gauche Anthology

Snow Joke

1997

Nineties Poetry

Exposure

No 10/Autumn 1996

 

Teaching

Recent Conference Papers

Conference

Paper

Year

Writing Recoveries, Glasgow

Visiting the Minotaur: Risk vs Safety in Writing for Wellbeing and Beyond

March 2018

3rd Community Psychology Festival, Bristol

Spring into Creativity – Workshop and Open Floor, with UWE’s Christine E. Ramsay-Wade and MSc student Asha Sahni.

September 2017

 

English:  Shared Futures, Newcastle

 

Panel Convenor: How can Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) Support People to Improve their Mental Health?

July 2017

 

Creative Bridges, Bristol

 

Panel (with Lily Dunn, Barbara Bloomfield, Clare Scott, Carolyn Jess-Cooke)

A Fine Balance: Preparing and Supporting the Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes Practitioner

Creative Writing: Is it time to challenge the distinction between writing well and writing to get well?

July 2017

 

International Culture Health and Wellbeing Conference, Bristol

Developing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

June 2017

 

NAWE, Stratford

Writing in Time (with Julie Primon)

 2016

NAWE, Durham

Developing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

2015

NAWE, Bristol

Writing as as a Way of Becoming

2014

Arts and Health International Conference, Bristol

Shadow into Light - Bereavement

2012

Thesis

Writing the 21st Century Bereavement Novel

My doctorate study explores the experience of bereavement in 21st Century novel writing focusing on: Bragg, M (2008) Remember Me - a novel, Desai, K (2006) The Inheritance of Loss, Filer, N (2013) The Shock of the Fall, Porter, M. (2015) Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Sebold, A (2002) The Lovely Bones, and my own novel The Scarab Bookshop.


Using the framing device of Arthur Frank’s responses to ‘Narrative Wreckage’, this study will discuss narrative responses to bereavement: chaos, restitution and quest.


The creative component of my doctorate is a novel, The Scarab Bookshop, which  takes three very different characters’ first person narratives to comprise a story revolving around a central character’s experiences of loss and recovery and how bereavement affects their relationships and choices in the world.