Clare Crossman

Clare Crossman was born in 1954 in Dartford, Kent. After working in theatre, and writing plays for Theatre in Education, Clare started writing poetry. In 1991 she became a member of The New Lakes Poets in Keswick. A first book of poetry ‘Landscapes’, was joint winner of The Redbeck Poetry competition in 1995. Since then she has published a sequence of lithographs ‘Silent Reading’, and two poetry sequences Going Back Firewater Press Cambridge (2003), Fen Song a Ballad of the Fen (2005),   performed with singer songwriter Penni Mclaren Walker which toured for Creative Arts East. Her poems have been included in Countourlines New Writing on Landscape Magdalene College/ Salt Publishing, A Room to Live In A Kettles Yard Anthology. Salt Publishing. The Long Pale Corridor Bloodaxe Books. The poet Roger Garfitt says she writes poetry of unflinching celebration’ or as another reviewer put it ‘life as it is lived’.

An interview with Clare Crossman by listenupnorth.

Books by Shoestring Press:

The Blue Hour

Vanishing Point

The Shape of Us

Take 5 – 2004