With a Masters degree in Literary Studies from the University of the West of England and a Certificate in Counselling Skills, Claire has been a practitioner in Therapeutic Writing since 1998, working in areas such as addiction recovery and bereavement. Claire‘s latest collection of poetry: Visiting the Minotaur (Seren, 2018) is a National Poetry Day recommendation for book groups. Frequently writing and presenting on her specialist subject of CWTP, Claire most recently spoke at the 5th British Autoethnography Conference on 'Poetics: a form for surviving bereavement by suicide'. She has published many essays including: Survive and Shine: Using Poetry with Young People in Poetry, Therapy and Emotional Life (Radcliffe Medical Press) and On the Road to Recovery: Writing as Therapy for People in Recovery from Addiction in Writing Cures (Brunner-Routledge), Reflections of a Creative Writing Practitioner in Writing Routes (Jessica Kingsley) and contributed to Writing Works (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and Prompted to Write (Lapidus). Claire is currently a creative writing doctoral candidate at Cardiff University, exploring 'Writing the 21st Century Bereavement Novel'.