clare e. potter

clare e. potter is a Welsh speaking writer and performer who studied an MA in Afro-Caribbean literature in Mississippi and taught in New Orleans for a decade. Awards include two Literature Wales writing bursaries, the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, and the Jim Criddle prize for celebrating the Welsh language. She has translated the work of the National Poet of Wales, was a Hay Festival Writer at Work for two years, and performed at the Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival, USA. clare has had poetry residencies for the Landmark Trust during the renovation of medieval hall house Llwyn Celyn, at Moravian Academy, Pennsylvania, The Velvet Coalmine Festival, and for the Wales Arts Review.

In 2016 she received Arts Council Wales funding for a poetry and jazz collaboration to respond to the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. She has written for the Welsh National Opera in community theatre and singing projects, and has received various commissions to write poetry in collaboration with artists: a poem for the new Keir Hardie Health Park, street poetry in the pavements of Pontypridd, and washing lines in Tredegar.

clare has had parts in two films, Black Mountain Poets and Like/Unlike, did a TedX talk on her grandmother’s wisdom, and danced in Gary Clarke’s touring show Coal. She has been featured on Welsh and English radio and television including The Review Show, the BBC Radio 4 Listening Project, The Wales Report, ITV News, Wedi 7, Prynhawn Da and Heno. In 2019 clare directed a BBC Wales documentary called The Wall and the Mirror about a barber in her mining village.

clare’s biggest passion is working in schools and on community projects with other artists.


clare has been widely published in magazines, anthologies and literary journals in the UK including:

Cinnamon Press, Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review, Mslexia, TuChwith, Taliesin, New Welsh Review, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, Lampeter Review, Orbis, Cambrensis, Writing in Education, Western Mail, The Raconteur, South Wales Golfer, Long Exposure Magazine

International Publications Include: Pikeville Review, Cahoots, The Xavier Review, Seminary Ridge Review, Ninnau, The Mississippi Philological Association Journal, New Laurel Review Press
Anthologies: with Faber & Faber (The Map and the Clock), Verve Poetry Press, Seren, Parthian, Cinnamon Press, Bluechrome, Roynetree Press, Litmus Publishing, New Laurel Review Press

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Upcoming events and forthcoming publications

Forthcoming ‘Bird Prayer’ Atlanta Review, Spring 2020

Speaker at Literature Wales Training Day for Writers, Saturday February 15th

Poems for Independence, Imp Hotel, Merthyr, March 12th

Poetry Wales Reading, Murenger House, Newport, March 11th

Pilgrimage Workshop, Date and details to be announced

Further information

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