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Clare Crossman was born in Kent in 1954.  She began writing plays for youth and community theatre when she was 30.  In 1985  a friend encouraged her to show her poetry to other people.  

She was a winner of the Lancaster Literature Festival Competition in 1988. In 1996 her pamphlet collection, Landscapes, was joint winner of the Redbeck competition.  In 2002 Firewater Press Cambridge published a second pamphlet collection after hearing her read at CB1 poetry Café Cambridge.  Her poems have appeared in competition and other anthologies. (Blinking Eye, and a Room to a View, Kettles Yard Cambridge’).

 In 2004 Shoestring Press in Nottingham included her in Take 5 04 and a full collection is forthcoming in 2009.

She recently completed a long sequence of poems about East Anglia, Fenlight. Described as inspirational, Richard Newman and Penni Mclaren Walker have set some of the poems to music and it has been performed in Cambridge, Norwich, and Ely.

She teaches in adult Education and is currently working for Cambridgeshire County Council on their Vital communities Research Project into the impact of the arts.



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