Hello :) My name is Estelle Clarke.
I write fiction and poetry. I perform regularly.
The exciting project, "110 m.p.h." premiered at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton on 25 & 27 February 2020. Read about this spoken word and film performance piece here. "110 m.p.h." tells the true story of a car crash survivor holding on to life and love. It is autobiographical.
I am presently editing my second book (fiction), performing poetry and conducting interviews for the print magazine, Pseudonym.
I care about people and how they treat each other, especially where there is an imbalance of power.
My writing resists acceptance of violence caused by such imbalance in human relations.
I was pleased to perform my work at The John Hansard Gallery in Southampton supporting their "RESIST: be modern (again)" exhibition in August this year. It was wonderful to be invited back in November 2019 to perform for Haroon Mirza's "Waves and Forms" exhibition. More info here.
My poetry is published in The International Times (May 2019 here), Pseudonym and Tales From The Forest magazine.
I won the Hammer and Tongue Solent Slam in April 2019 and in December 2019 successfullly competed in the regional finals to go through to the National Slam Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, representing Southampton in 2020.
Please see here for more awards details This includes wins two years in a row for work to be performed on the Salisbury Fringe.
I am published extensively including in academic journals, newspapers and magazines and have done much TV and radio campaigning for fair student loans. Since this campaign has been adopted at a national level, I have been able to concentrate on fiction and poetry.
Please see my "Writing and Interviews section" for more info.
Being a single parent to four (now) adult children, I write about mothering, too, while my years as a City lawyer sometimes gave me a different insight - humanity at its sharpened edge. Experience showed me that this can have violent repercussions. This also comes out in my writing.
My personal philosophy changed profoundly when I was badly injured as a passenger in a car crash - much of my writing is underpinned by love.
I have worked under the name Rose Paul, for StPaulsLifestyle, the ethical magazine I founded. Rose and Estelle are the same person.
The children and me, left to right: the first, second, me, the fourth and youngest child (my only daughter), the third and youngest son who is carrying our black labrador.
I was on the Advisory Board of the Intergenerational Foundation for a couple of years and am a member of Gingerbread and The Guardian Higher Education Network. I am on the Mumsnet Insight Panel.
My first love is poetry and prose. I am a member of Salisbury Writing Circle, Poetika and Moving Voices, Southampton. I have written poetry since a teenager when I achieved recognition in the WH Smith National "Young Writer's Competition" and more recently have won two poetry competitions and been long listed in a short story competition. I am widely published in my capacity as a cultural writer, lawyer and campaigner, including in academic journals.
I was a 'City lawyer'at Clifford Chance and had partnerships at Thomas Eggar and Lester Aldridge. My legal expertise includes complex funding structures for large corporate transactions and 'big ticket' deals for assets like aeroplanes. Borrower funding was my speciality.