Clare Lavery’s poetry deals with complex & transformative experiences of loss, especially themes of belonging, voicing and transcultural identity construction. She studied Modern Languages at UCL and TESOL at IOE/UCL and has lived on borders for many years. She has worked for over 30 years as a consultant, trainer & educational materials developer in Europe. Her poetry has also been used in teaching ESOL to migrants in FE and used to celebrate ‘Black History Month’ by the BBC. She is interested in creative writing as a participatory research method to unlock silenced voices and to story the lives of victims. Most recently she has contributed poems on gendered violence and its impacts to raise funds and awareness of linguistic ‘othering’ patterns in mainstream media.