Castle Park Stories 
Beyond the Castle: All the Stories

Since 2010, I have run workshops and activities for events and organisations including the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Liverpool’s On the Waterfront, Chester Performs, The Dukes, Spotlight, the Bluecoat, The Word Festival and The House of Fairy Tales. I've worked as a project manager and editor for Litfest, a family learning tutor for Lancashire Adult Learning and I've lectured and run workshops on fairy tales for UCLAN and fiction for MMU.


'One of our most popular workshops of the summer, 
Claire’s enchanting set up sparked the imagination of 
children and adults alike.' Chester Performs

Previous work includes:

Wonderlore's Travelling Story Shopsite-specific activities and workshops encouraging people of all ages to make new stories inspired by interaction with elements from folklore, fairy tales and myth.

Castle Park Storiesa Heritage Lottery-funded project for Litfest, working with people from the Lancaster area to uncover hidden histories and share them through creative non-fiction and photography in an exhibition of stories.

Malkin Child, by Livi Michael, is a powerful reimagining of the most famous witch trial in English history, suitable for ages 9+. As the Lancashire Reads Book 2012, Malkin Child has been well received by children and adults. I edited the book and managed its production for Litfest to mark the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials.

The Language of Footprints introduces three new prose pieces from emerging North West writers. Through the short story and creative non-fiction forms the writers explore three very different Lancashire landscapes, each visiting layers of memory tied to places and considering the ways the landscapes we inhabit shape who we become. I commissioned and edited the pieces, which were read as part of Litfest 2012.

Paraxis: co-edited with Andy Hedgecock and Carys Bray. Publishing unnerving, uncanny and fantastical stories, essays and artwork.

New Fairy Talesan illustrated magazine I founded to encourage the writing and enjoyment of new fairy tales. Launched in 2008, our final issue was published in November 2010. To find out more about the magazine, read back issues and enjoy free audio stories please visit the website.

The Fairy Tale Cupboard
A blog about fairy tales, which I kept between July 2009 and January 2011.

Ways to make a word dress
An online scrapbook created whilst working on The Word Dress commission for Litfest.

Field guide to digital fiction
A resource I compiled in 2010 as part of a research project on digital fiction for my MA.