About

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Claire Savage is a professional copywriter, journalist and creative writer who lives near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Her short stories and poetry have been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, and her debut children’s novel, Magical Masquerade, was published in April 2017. It was officially launched at the Belfast Book Festival 2017 and will be part of the Dublin Book Festival in November 2017.

 

Creative writing

Claire is one of six prose writers and six poets selected by Lagan Online for their 2016/2017 12NOW (New Original Writers) initiative.

12now-collageAs part of this, Claire’s short stories will be circulated to the Verbal Arts Centre’s Reading Rooms groups in Northern Ireland, which will expose her writing to a much wider audience.

Lagan Online will promote the 12 chosen writers over the next 12 months, featuring them individually on the Lagan Online website, and they will also have the chance to visit some of the Reading Rooms groups.

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In July 2014, Claire was awarded a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council NI as part of their Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP). The grant was to support Claire in writing a collection of short stories and a collection of poetry over the course of the year.

 

Published work

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Short stories

Poetry

  • March 2017: Watching for Fairies, chosen by Waterstones Coleraine as one of 12 winning poems in their Women Aloud NI 2017 Poetry Competition. All winning poems were framed and displayed in-store.
  • May 2015: Spinning Shadows, published in the ‘Take Me Home’ issue of literary journal, Abridged. 11201869_10152769665350877_4488013456649642690_n
  • March 2015: Ice Cream Moon, published in the 2015 poetry anthology, Making Memories, from the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Northern Ireland.
  • March 2014: River Stars, published in CAP’s 2014 anthology, Still.
  • 2014: Collection of poems published in Northern Ireland arts ezine, A New Ulster.
  • June 2014: Awakening – performed in Belfast along with a selection of other poetry as part of the Reading and Writing for Peace project.

In July 2013, Claire was the recipient of a bursary for the 26th John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh, where she attended poetry workshops led by Derry-born poet, Eoghan Walls. Meanwhile, in April 2013, Claire won second prize in the first ever Blackstaff Press SkyPen Short Story Competition, whilst in August 2012, her blog post ‘Once Upon a Word…’ was chosen as one of three winning blog entries in the Blackstaff Press Blog Writing Competition.jhiss-e1373548182661

In 2012, Claire completed a creative writing course led by NI playwright, Damian Gorman, and has since attended creative writing classes by performance poet El Gruer, as well as workshops led by novelists Bernie McGill and Felicity McCall, by Scottish poet John Glenday and by poet/author Cherry Smyth, amongst many others.

Claire has also written picture book stories, as yet, unpublished…

Business copywriting/journalism

In July 2014 Claire set up her independent copywriting business – Claire Savage Editorial creating quality written content for businesses and organisations. This includes writing SEO content for websites, business blogs, press releases, case studies and more, as well as providing general editing/rewriting and freelance journalism services.

In October 2015, Claire Savage Editorial was accepted onto the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator programme, which launched in Belfast in February 2016. This allowed Claire to work from the ‘Belfast Hatchery’ co-working office space, where she received business mentoring and support.

In January 2015, Claire also took on the role of Features Editor at The Incubator Journal, which champions short story writing and poetry throughout Ireland.incubator

Claire previously spent ten months as a sub-editor for RE&D (NI) Ltd, working on the Belfast Telegraph and Irish Independent newspapers and before that, spent five years as a local newspaper reporter at the Coleraine Chronicle. As a freelance journalist, Claire currently writes for Northern Ireland’s largest online arts publication – Culture NI – and has written for the re-launched Honest Ulsterman literary publication. She has also produced features for the Belfast Telegraph’s ‘Out There’ entertainment and arts supplement and for the Life section of the Belfast Telegraph newspaper (see ‘Articles’ page).

In 2008, Claire won first place in the special category of the NI Investing for Health Media Awards for an article on back injury which she wrote whilst completing her newspaper journalism course. Her articles have been published in a range of Northern Irish newspapers and magazines, including the Belfast Telegraph Weekend Magazine, the Belfast Telegraph newspaper, Coleraine/Ballymoney/Ballycastle/Limavady Chronicles, Belfast Newsletter, ‘In Derry’ Magazine, Verbal Magazine, Local Women Magazine and on the Culture NI website. She has also contributed to The Incubator journal and reported for the Mid Ulster Mail newspaper.

She has a BSc Hons Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and an NVQ Level 4 in Newspaper Journalism and over the years, has worked as a waitress/barista, bookseller, speech therapist, reporter, editor and sub-editor.

And finally …

Picture 2Claire enjoys playing the violin and walking with her beautiful cocker spaniel around the north coast and took up ballet, tap dancing and juggling a few years ago… She also loves vintage boutiques, books, baking and unexpected encounters.

This blog is updated on a weekly basis and features posts related to Claire’s writing (and reading) experiences. And that, you may be very glad to hear, is that.

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7 responses to “About

  1. HI, I’ve nominated you for a Leibster Award, please see my blog for the details if you’re interested. Thanks

  2. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! -OM

  3. My jaw dropped when I just read your about page and found out I’m just down the road from you until Monday morning. I’ve been in Northern Ireland since July 2nd on a John O’Donohue style pilgrimage in Kilkeel and now in and around Belfast. What a delight to meet you! Lesley-Anne

    • Hi Lesley-Anne. Thanks for your comments, and how random that you’re in NI as we speak! Yes, I live up on the north coast, which is great in this weather! Are you in Belfast itself or travelling about a bit? Your pilgrimage sounds interesting! I wouldn’t be able to get to Belfast today, unfortunately – I don’t suppose you’d be heading up this way?!
      But perhaps we could arrange something tomorrow, if you wanted, even meeting somewhere in between?

      • Hi Claire, I’m uncertain what today holds for me but I’m back with my Belfast family and have committed my day to them. My flight leaves early Monday morning. Thanks for your suggestion and had we connected earlier in my trip I would have loved to meet you. How did you find yourself writing a review of One Throne? What an incredibly connected world we live in. 🙂 If you would like to email me my address is mygracenotes@gmail.com. I’d be interested in hearing more about the N. Ireland literary community as that was not a component of my trip. Take care and I hope to hear from you again, Lesley-Anne.

  4. Hi Claire, I’m a local writer from Bangor and have a new noir short story/ Belfast street photography booklet out if you were interested in doing a review. I could email you a free copy? Thanks very much, Simon.

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