UniSlam 2018

Check out my review of last night’s final of UniSlam 2018 at the Curve theatre in Leicester. It was a fantastic experience and an incredible night 🙂


Update #20

The month of the half marathon has finally come around! And as usual it’s hard to believe that it’s October already; there’s only this month, November and December, and then it will be a new year before we know it.

Looking back on September, all of my blogs have been focused on fitness. This comes as no surprise since my main focus has been training for the half marathon in Leicester. I ran 18km for the third time at the start of September, and then I very recently ran the distance of a half marathon for the first time. I was very pleased with how it went, despite being absolutely knackered afterwards. I now know that I can run that far and I’m raring to go for Sunday 15th October.

To facilitate my training I bought a fitness tracker which counts the number of steps you take in a day. I have found it more useful as a timer for my long distance runs, as I don’t think it’s entirely accurate for running. My mother has a fitness tracker as well as she’s walking 10,000 steps a day this month, so it’s more suited for her challenge.

I was aiming to post foodie and feminist blogs, but time and life got the better of me, and I’ve been mainly focused on my biggest physical challenge yet. I did however write a few poems last month which are on my poetry blog. I wrote a pessimistic poem about the current state of the world called ‘Ticking time bomb‘, and a more upbeat and satirical poem about online dating called ‘Swiping away‘.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

Update #19

I didn’t actually post an update last month as I was away in France, where I had a lovely time away and enjoyed the sunshine and French cuisine. I didn’t quite get round to writing an update post as I wrote one about my break in France, but this update looks back at July and August together, since July was a quiet month on my blog.

So back in July I ran 18km for the first time. Since then I’ve managed to run 18km again for my third attempt, as my second go at running this distance didn’t quite go to plan. During my second 18km attempt I experienced ‘The Wall‘, but I’m glad that I overcame this obstacle in my recent 18km run. I’d like to increase this to 21km for my next long distance run, which will be the distance of a half marathon (only 39 days to go until the big day!)

Last month I managed to write a blog with a slight feminist tone, which is about our perception of body image and how this affects our health. Interestingly there was a news story recently about a study which suggests that even if you are fit and do regular exercise, you are more likely to suffer from heart attacks and other diseases if you carry too much weight. I might write a blog about this, as I consider myself to be fitter even though I am carrying a bit too much body weight. It’ll be an interesting study to look into.

Food wise I recently made a chocolate banana loaf for my sister’s birthday. It went down very well and I’d definitely like to make another one for future occasions. I do like the combination of chocolate and banana, it tastes great!

Many of you will know that I have a poetry blog as well called ‘poclaretry‘, where I have recently posted about a new poetry night I went to called Bohemia. I read out a few poems at a restaurant called Boneyard in Leicester where I had the opportunity to perform in front of a new audience, and meet other poets as well.

Performing at Bohemia

This month I’d like to focus on my training for the half marathon, since it will be my biggest physical challenge so far!


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

Update #9

My ‘latest’ update so far, as in the latest I’ve posted one in the month (but it’s also my most recent post, so it works both ways). I was tempted not to bother with this update, but I have a Sunday evening free and fancied writing a blog.

So looking back at September… at first I thought it was a quiet month, but I was actually more active on my blog than I realised. Since finishing the era of being a student last year and working full-time since February this year, my weeks just seem to merge together and I sometimes forget what I’ve been up to. To be honest I can’t believe I’ve been in my first full-time graduate job for 8 months. I have no idea where all of those months have gone, but looking through my blog and social media reminds me of how much I’ve actually done and achieved this year (maybe I should get back into writing a diary).

Exercise wise I had ups and downs in September, from swinging through the trees at Go Ape with work colleagues to admitting to giving the half marathon a miss this year. Go Ape involved a lot more exercise than I thought, but it was great fun and an activity I’d consider doing again. One of my goals for this year was to run a half marathon this year but as many of you already know, my time management for exercise has been poor and if I was to run it next Sunday, I’d probably injure myself.

On the flip side I ran my fifth parkrun on the fourth Saturday of September, which I completed in 33 minutes and 31 seconds. Not my fastest time but 20 seconds off my personal best. I was going to do a parkrun yesterday, but I fancied a lie in and had an early start this morning. 9am is not that early really, but I hadn’t had a lie in for a while, which I enjoyed!

Food wise I wrote a couple of blogs last month. I actually experimented one evening and made some vegetarian marrow boats. There was a large marrow which needed using and I didn’t fancy making soup, so instead I made a veggie bolognese and stuffed it inside some marrow boats. After the parkrun I treated my mum to an afternoon tea, which was lovely.

Feminism wise I wrote an update for the high heel shoes in the workplace debate for Viral Feminism. I have been keeping an eye on this since the story of Nicola Thorp emerged on the news back in May. It has been very quiet for a long time, and no date has yet been confirmed by Parliament for them to consider a date for debate. I will continue to listen out for any developments.

I also wrote a new poem last month called ‘It’s an act of life’. I’ve been fed up with gender roles for a long long time, and decided to convey this annoyance through a poem where I portray all of us as puppets of gender. From the moment we are born everyone is labelled as a boy or a girl, and that label means we are expected to behave in particular ways. I’d like to perform this poem at some point, maybe at the next poetry night I go to.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear

Exciting news!

Note: this was first published on my other blog Poclaretry.


Many of you may remember that I posted a podcast on this blog recently. This podcast is a recording of last month’s poetry evening called Find The Right Words, which I’m featured on! I read out a poem called The time I found £45, and overall it was a great success.

The organisers of Find The Right Words asked people who read out their poems and attend the poetry evenings if they’d like to read at a festival at a theatre called the Curve in Leicester. I decided to volunteer because I’d like to have a go at reading out more of my works at different venues and listen to other people read out their works too.  The event at the Curve is called theInside Out festival which is taking place over a period of nearly two weeks in May.

So on Saturday 7th May at 1:40pm, I have a 10 minute slot at the Curve! I don’t know whether it’ll be in the Main Theatre, the Studio or around the foyer area, but I’m so excited to be reading at the Curve. This will be my first time reading poetry in front of people at a new venue, so it will be nerve wracking but a great opportunity to see more people interested in poetry outside of Find The Right Words. I’ve also never read poetry for 10 minutes before, so I’ll need to have a small collection at the ready!

Find The Right Words has a 2 hour slot from 1-3pm and everyone who is performing has a 10 minute slot. I’ll certainly be there from start to finish, in order to support those reading out their works, but also to feel inspired. I will be reading many poems which I’ve performed before at Find The Right Words, but I’d like to present some new material on the day.


Happy reading and blogging!

Many thanks,

Clare Bear


I’m on a podcast!!!

Note: this blog was first posted on my WordPress site Poclaretry, since that is where I post my poetry. However, I wanted to share this on my main blog as well, as it’s rather exciting!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted new/old poetry on this site. I haven’t written any new material for a while but I have something exciting to share with you all.

I read out two poems at a monthly poetry event called Find The Right Words on Wednesday night. I have read out some poems before at the event, but this was a while ago (probably almost a year). Find The Right Words is always a fun and inspiring evening, as ten people read out their works and two special guest poets are invited. Everyone shares the same stage and receives encouragement from the audience.


I only found out just before going to the poetry night that the event organisers were recording a podcast for the very first time. I felt nervous and excited about it! The podcast has been released today and you can listen to me reading out ‘The time I found £45’ from 15:31-18:31 on this link: soundcloud.com/findtherightwords.



Poclaretry up and running!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I recently set up a new WordPress blog called ‘Poclaretry’. This is where I will be posting my poetry and aiming to stick to the challenge of writing at least one poem a week.

I haven’t posted on here recently because I have been away, but I did write a poem during that time called ‘The Great Central Railway’. Please do check it out if you do like to read my poetry. From now on my main site ‘Clare Bear’ will be dedicated to feminism, fitness and food, while my poetry will be on ‘Poclaretry’.


Happy reading and blogging!

Many thanks,

Clare Bear 🙂