Clare Kirwan is a quirky performance poet, flash fictioneer, playwright and putative novelist based in Wirral. She is available for commissions, performances and adventures.

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Me and Elvis

elvisIt’s been a while. For one reason and another I have taken some time out from performing but this summer I’m back… and I’m with Elvis!

No, not that Elvis. Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4. He’s appearing in Hoylake as part of this year’s Festival of Firsts – Wirral’s favourite arts fest. Supporting him will be myself and Lynn Gerrard with a mix of dark humour, poetry and stories.

Tickets are £8 and available here or at venues around Hoylake. Please share on Facebook.

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Batgirl, Borrowers and Bent Spines: National Libraries Day

Natl Libraries Day 2014bI’ve been invited to perform library-related poems (and a bit of short fiction) as the celebration for National Libraries Day at my ‘home’ branch Wallasey Central Library, where I’ve worked for the last three years.

I’ve found working here surprisingly productive creatively, and have produced quite a few quirky poems about the secret lives of books, borrowers and library staff.  I’m not alone either; I’ll be sharing library poems from Emily Dickinson, Paul Farley and potentially YOU if you fancy coming along!

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After ‘After the Storm’

after the storm

I performed new material – Noah in New Brighton and Floods – for a revolving audience of 300 at New Brighton’s flood-damaged cinema The Light. Cracking music from Ei8htband and the boogie woogie bugles boys and girls of Pacific Swing. The event raised money for clean-up group the New Brighteners, the RNLI and organisers – local community arts group Momentary Art Project.

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After the Storm

after the storm

Following the storm damage in New Brighton back in December, there’s a fundraising evening of music, poetry and film at The Light cinema on Sunday 19th January.  An invitation for me to perform has had new material ‘flooding’ out (see what I did there?)The free event starts at 5pm and includes rare footage of storms of yesterday.

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Out now

The SilSilence Museum smallence Museum

52 poems, most of which have been published or won prizes, including Workmen in the House of Women, Rain Dog Man, The Other Person Knows You Are Waiting, plus popular performance pieces: My Mum’s a Bond Villain, Love Song for Darth Vader, Road Rage and B&Q Bank Holiday

** Both books also available direct from the author **

Final there will be ink (small)Tales from a Broken Biro: There Will Be Ink (Kindle edition)

24 flash fiction stories by Clare Kirwan: A boy lies crushed under a radiator, a woman comes home to find herself in a parallel universe, a neighbourly dispute gets out of hand and towel-folding hotel maids go to extreme lengths

‘…thought-provoking, quirky and highly entertaining’

‘darkly comic’ ‘delightfully quirky’

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