Therapeutic writing - 'Give Sorrow Words' with poet and librettist Claire Williamson

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In this episode Helen is delighted to talk with poet, librettist Claire Williamson about creative writing and health. Claire generously shares a masterclass on writing through and writing slant to express our words for therapeutic purposes.

These times tough times of sharing sorrow in our words can be insightful and uncover joy.

Claire Williamson has an MA in Literary Studies, (UWE), and is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and was Programme Leader for the Msc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute in London for ten years. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Claire has worked closely with Welsh National Opera since 2003, writing the words for Cradle, Cardiff City Songs, Billy and the Dragon and The Merman King.. She is also involved in musical collaborations including ‘Home by Christmas’ which was performed by 350 singers at Colston Hall to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of WW1, and she was nominated for the British Composer Awards in 2015. Claire has written chapters in academic books on themes of creative writing and health. She is the author of four collections: Visiting the Miotaur, Split Ends, Ride On, The Soulwater Pool. Individual poems have appeared widely in magazines. Claire is also a member of ‘The Spoke’ poetry group, well known for their electric readings, with Bob Walton, Abeer Ameer, and Elizabeth Parker.

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