‘Clare Kirwan’s poetry is distinctive, sometimes ballsy & challenging, sometimes deeply profound, sometimes gut-bustingly funny but always completely accessible. She performs with an energy & passion that can transform an event … funny, abrasive, quirky, profound, a fine poet and definitely not to be missed.’
An active member of Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society she won the 2005 Liverpool Slam, and since then has been placed in more than 20 national and international poetry competitions.
She became Liverpool’s 2nd Most Glamorous Poet after a photo finish in Liverpool’s first ever Glam Slam in 2008, the same year she took her poems on a ‘Dead Good Down Under’ tour of Australia and New Zealand.
She has performed widely (from Birkenhead to Bolton, London to Las Vegas), including Radio 4’s ‘Ear Candy’ project and BBC Big Screen’s ‘Nothing Rhymes with Poets.’ Since 2005 she has been commissioned by The Mediation Centre in Stafford to produce poems for their annual Mediation and Arts weekend.
‘Clare’s massive body of work is funny, profound, thought provoking and moving. She is a very skilled and experienced compere as well as being able to put together a set which will receive rapt attention from audiences of many different types.’
Her poems have been published in The North, MsLexia, Orbis, Iota, Shot Glass Journal, The Found Poetry Review, The Interpreter’s House etc and in various anthologies, including ‘Sculpted – Poetry of the North West’.
Her first poetry collection – The Silence Museum – was launched in 2013 along with collected short fiction Tales from a Broken Biro.
‘A true original; witty and inventive in language, ideas, imagery
‘Brilliant, witty, wish-I’d-said-that poetry… just a continuing delight.’
Her fiction has won Dark Tales and Flashtag Competitions and been highly commended in the National Flash Fiction Day 2013 comeptition. Her stories have appeared in 3:AM Magazine, The Binnacle, Dark Tales, Contrary, Flax, Short, Fast and Deadly, Little Fiction’s Listerature, Electric Spec, Vestal Review and Bloody Books’ anthology Read by Dawn II.
Her comedy material has been used on BBC radio’s Parsons and Naylor and she performed her stand-up comedy debut in 2007 at Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre.
Available for bookings at any kind of event. Material can be tailored for event or audience. Experienced compere. Keen to collaborate with other poets and artists.
- UK Literacy Association Annual Conference 2013
- Wirral Festival of Firsts 2013
- Momentary Arts Project 2013 The Light, New Brighton
- Bluecoat, Liverpool Ping! 2012 workshop
- Chorlton Arts Festival 2012, Flashtag event
- Lancaster Litfest 2011, The Storey
- Dead Good Poets Society, Liverpool Everyman
- Much Wenlock Poetry Festival 2010 & 2011 strolling poet
- Cornerstone Festival, Liverpool Hope University 2010
- Poetry at the Dan O’Connell, Melbourne
- Live Poets at Don Bank, Sydney
- Poetry Live, Auckland, New Zealand
- New Zealand Poetry Society, Wellington, New Zealand
- Thames Poets, Coromandel, New Zealand
- Bristol Poetry Festival 2008, The Arnolfini
- Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool
- Oxton Secret Gardens – strolling poet
- Wirral BookFest 2008, 2009 & 2010
- Mersey Care NHS Trust Poetry Experience Day
- Liverpool Poetry Cafe (for Liverpool City of Culture 2008)
- Riders at Bolton Socialist Club
- Funny Business 2007 Liverpool Comedy Trust, Royal Court
- Seconds Out Slam – NW heat, BBC Radio 4 slam
- Zest at Alexander’s Jazz Bar, Chester
- Radio Merseyside ‘Poet of the Week,’
- Monsters of Poetry Inter-City Slam, Belfast 2005
- JawJam ( DGPS with Common Ground sign dance group)
- Dead Good Poets Society at The Cavern, Liverpool
- North West Slam Championship Final 2005 (finalist)
- BBC Big Screen ‘Nothing Rhymes with Poets’
- Big Words in a Little Theatre, Formby
- Spotlight, Yorkshire House, Lancaster
- Write Out Loud, Octagon Theatre, Bolton
- Babycham Funny Women 2004, Slaughterhouse, Liverpool
- Tea Leaf and Coffee Bean, Las Vegas
- BBC Radio 4’s Ear Candy, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
- Off the Wall, Exeter Festival of Comedy 2003
- Oxford Poetry Weekend 2003