Clare Reddaway

  • 24th January 2016

Claire is the founder and energising force behind Bath based ‘A Word in your Ear’. She has a life long love-affair with words and performance and loves finding, exploring and dramatising forgotten stories. She has written and created work in all manner of contexts; recorded audio story walks in Bath and Bristol with arts company Heads and Tales, created site-specific  ‘Story Friday goes swimming’ at the derelict Georgian lido in Bath, the Cleveland Pools, where she worked with eight other writers to write short stories inspired by the Pools and collaborated with Kilter Theatre to create an immersive promenade event leading the audience around the Pools and into the changing rooms where they experienced the stories. She writes regular articles for the Bath Magazine which uncover stories about the city that have been forgotten: Leroy Henry, the black GI who faced the death penalty for rape; stories from the workhouse at St Martin’s; the ‘nest of suffragettes’ in Batheaston and their activities in the area; the invention of cinematography in the heart of Bath. She has also written a number of children’s stories inspired by and read at, Horfield Common in Bristol. She volunteers with Creativity Works, who set up workshops using artists to reach out to vulnerable groups, is currently collaborating with a local poet in a care home in Bath and planning her own creative workshops for the future.

Clare is working as writer on the seed ideas – Sentient City and Hidden City Writers in Residence – part of Bristol Doors Open Day on 12th September 2015.

I am really intersted in this project because I find site specific work stimulating and creative, because we will be working with the memories of the elderly, and because it will be a collaborative project with other artists and community groups, something I really enjoy.’

Her Bristol sensory walk story takes place around Temple Church, and the Bath one inspired by the London Road.  You can listen to them on the Heads and Tales website.