Creative Writing and the Environment
The Living with Rivers project was conducted jointly with Sheffield University and Forest Research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project examined the role of creative writing in the development of imaginative engagement with environmental issues in relation to river basins. Clare ran a series of creative writing workshops for a group from the local community of the Dearne Valley in Yorkshire, and edited an anthology of participants’ work, titled My River Dearne. The Living With Rivers project was later extended into the visual arts, in collaboration with a Workers Educational Association art group. Writers and artists produced an ambitious frieze depicting the Dearne landscape throughout history. Clare led and mentored a group of local creative writers who `gave voice´ to characters in the frieze. The project culminated in an exhibition in Goldthorpe Library and was funded by University of Sheffield Knowledge Transfer Rapid Research Fund, and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds.
Clare was commissioned by the global business consultancy leader, The Boston Consulting Group, to investigate the relation between poetry and business. In addition to publishing the book based on her research, What Poetry Brings to Business (University of Michigan Press), Clare ran a series of multi-language poetry-strategy workshops and presentations for global corporate companies in the US, UK, continental Europe and Japan. She was a Fellow of the Strategy Institute of The Boston Consulting Group.
Art In Action
Institute of Knowledge Transfer: Art In Action Research into Knowledge Transfer Practice; Clare gave the keynote address for this event then led an interactive session on ‘Poetry Workout – Thinking Beyond the Facts’, showing what poetry can offer business leaders by exploring alternative approaches to thinking about what people do and the decisions they make.