Poet Claire hits the road with her solo show

A new star on the lit­er­ary scene

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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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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