Linda Cleary is a British born Irish heritage poet – writer – performer, originally from UK with a theatre background and Diploma in LAMDA Speech and Drama, a Diploma in Recreational Studies from Manchester Metropolitan (specialisation Creative Writing) and a HND in Theatre Studies. Aside from being Director of the Free Writers Centre she is also Literary Arts Coordinator for the Hypatia Trust http://hypatia-trust.org.uk/ and works in Adult Education.
She has been delivering workshops in Creative Writing, Theatre and related Arts, to a wide demographic of age and ability and in many varied settings, since 1991; working in UK, Holland, Czech Republic, Australia and Egypt – where she initiated and ran an Arts Residency and gave her Creative Writing courses at Diwan Bookstores, Egypt http://www.diwanegypt.com/
Her work as a spoken word performer has been celebrated by Apples and Snakes http://www.applesandsnakes.org/page/84/Performance+poets?sent=yes&poetSearch=linda+cleary&criteria=all&submit=Submit who promoted her on a SW tour in 2005-6 saying, ”Powerful, uncompromising, rhythmic verse. Tough, lyrical beauty. Packs poetic punches with aching sensitivity. A unique new voice. If you need a comparison, think; ‘a young Joolz Denby, laced with Patti Smith overtones.’ (Apples & Snakes) .
Presently as well as online courses, weekly live classes, workshops and masterclasses, she offers Creative Writing Retreats in inspiring locations across the world. Linda has initiated and is responsible for many literary events including open mics and writers’ salons.
Her own creative platforms are www.lindaclearypoetry.blogspot.com which houses her written work and her audio work of spoken word and music fusions can be found at http://www.soundcloud.com/lindacleary She has produced several poetry films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ZDQapSSAg&list=PLC1E8ACDD79A0BC9E many which have been in international poetry festivals over the years, including the Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Festival. Last but not least she has also created installations using text/audio and image exhibited in several prominent galleries.