Claire Trévien is an Anglo-Breton author. Born in Brittany in 1985, she resided in the UK for nearly two decades and performed her work internationally, from South Africa to New Orleans. She is the author of the pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery (Salt, 2011), and two collections The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), Astéronymes (Penned in the Margins, 2016), and Brain Fugue (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). She was a module leader on LCCM's Creative and Professional Writing degree. She has now moved back to her native Brittany.
She was commissioned by the Museum of Oxford to create digital poetry-postcards of the city, interviewing its citizens and creating film poems from them.
The Shipwrecked House was longlisted in the Guardian First Book Award and highly commended in the Forward Prizes. It was co-commissioned as a one-woman show by Ledbury Festival and supported thanks to Arts Council Funding. It toured the UK in 2014-2015, reviews of the show can be found here.
Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including BBC radio programs The Verb and Digital Human, POETRY, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Magma, Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg, The Forward Book of Poetry 2014 and Best British Poetry 2012. She won third place in the 2018 Verve Poetry Competition with her poem 'Brain as City'.
She edits Sabotage Reviews, co-edited Verse Kraken, and co-organized Penning Perfumes. She co-edited with Gareth Prior Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History. She was Annexe Magazine's poetry editor in 2015.
In November 2013, she was the Poetry School's first digital Poet-in-Residence.
Claire is available for manuscript feedback, workshops and mentoring (details here).
'Luminous, tender, and frightfully emotionally accurate, Trévien will be a household and classroom name in years to come', Abriana Jetté.
Photo by Sophie Davidson