Poet Claire hits the road with her solo show
A new star on the literary scene
A POET is set to take her one woman show across the country after being named as a rising star of the literary scene.
Claire Trevien, 29, of Penn Road, Beaconsfield, is going to travel around England with her new show based on her poetry collection, The Shipwrecked House.
Rather than a poetry reading or a play, the performance is a hybrid of the two in a 45 minutes set.
She said: “It was tricky, as you can imagine, adapting a poetry book that wasn’t intended for performance into a cohesive show.
“It’s a new experience for me. I’ve toured poetry readings before, but nothing of this magnitude. It’s exciting to have a proper set.”
Claire was on the Huffington Post’s list of five British Poets to Watch in 2014.
She was first asked to do the show after her publisher, Tom Chivers of Penned in the Margins, heard her read at a festival last November.
At the time
was thinking of doing more live literature shows alongside his usual publications and he felt that Claire and her book would work well.
They secured Arts Council funding and a commission from the Ledbury Poetry Festival to develop the book into a show.
Claire now has a team behind her with director, sound person and even a perfumer.
The tour follows her book of the same name.
She added: “The book did really well, it was highly commended in last year’s Forward Prizes and longlisted in the Guardian Claire Trevien First Book Awards as the reader’s choice, the only poetry book on the list.”
Claire has also given readings at Beaconsfield Library, Royal Standard and The Jolly Cricketers.
She is focused on the tour for now but said she is planning more poetry in the future.
“I’m also working on an anthology I’m coediting, Other Voices: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History, which focuses on the less-heard voices of history.
“I’m slowly working my way towards a second collection of poetry, but I’m in no rush,” she said.
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