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Claire Williamson

Research student,

Overview

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

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.