Claire Meadows
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Since September 2012, I have been chief writer and editor for the current affairs and arts blog After Nyne, and now After Nyne Magazine (http://www.afternynemagazine.co.uk)

I became a Huffington Post blogger in November 2012. My work has been published by Expat's Post, The Dock, the Food & Drink Guide and the Poems and Poetry Blog

I am the author of two published poetry books Gold After, and Brittle Fires and am working on my third.

I have curated art exhibitions in London and the South-East.

From September 2012 to February 2013, I was Founding Director of Tempest Public Relations, working with a range of clients including Irish American writer Micheal O Coinn, whose debut poetry pamphlet, Five Words, was published by my publishing house Tempest Press, and Callie Carling, author of breast cancer memoir Callie's Story, also published by Tempest Press.

I also acted as the official UK PR consultant to the US based Free Sara Kruzan campaign's Day of Action in London in 2012.

Before this, I was founding director of artist's agency Liquid Gallery, Chief Curator of the Liquid Art Fair (LAF) Battersea 2012, and Editor in Chief of Nyne Magazine.

Outside of work, I have a keen film historian, with a particular interest in films from the 1930s to the 1960s. I am a voracious and omnivorous reader, and enjoy cooking, and country pubs with my husband and dog, Willow.

Entries by Claire Meadows

'I Wanted to Show Others That There Is Life After Sexual Abuse' - Meeting Author Valerie Smith

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (11:41)

Valerie Smith's 'On the Edge of Insanity' is a harrowing new memoir, which charts one woman's journey from abuse victim to abuse survivor. The book brings to light an unbelievable but all too common statistic - that 70% of parents who were sexually abused as children go on to abuse...

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From Despair to Inspiring Millions: Meeting Thailand's Bestselling Author and Self-Help Guru DDnard

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2014 | (09:54)

Author and self-help guru DDnard is the bestselling writer of all time in her native Thailand and one of the country's most sought-after celebrities.

She is now set to become a household name in Britain with the release of the English-language version of her inspiring book 'The Compass of...

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Talking Influences and 'Shaky Knees' With Rising Star Marcella

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (10:05)

Texas-born singer/songwriter Marcella is set to take the world by storm with her infectious tunes and beguiling voice.

Fresh on the heels of launching her debut single 'Shaky Knees', I caught up with Marcella in London, where she has been recording, and mastering new material with producer Yoad Nevo...

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Bringing the World's Hopes Together, and Making Them Reality - Meeting Crowdwish Founder Bill Griffin

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (12:46)

Last week, I was honoured to be able to have a long chat with Bill Griffin, founder of wish-granting website Crowdwish.

Crowdwish is a new, and highly original service which is aiming to become the web's ultimate global wish list.

In the flesh, Bill is engaging and energetic....

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Fall and Rise Again, Triumphant - Meeting Chart-Storming Grime Artist Ghetts

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (10:18)

London-born grime artist Ghetts is tearing up the charts with his debut studio album Rebel With A Cause.

Known for his way with hard lyrics and intricate rhymes, Ghetts has garnered attention from MOBO, Radio 1 and Kiss FM and has toured internationally with a variety of well known...

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On Comedy, Neuroses, and the Royal Variety Performance - Meeting Mock the Week Star Hal Cruttenden

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (10:22)

One of the top comedians working in the UK today, Hal Cruttenden's unique perspective on life sets him apart as a true original.

With recent television appearances including 'Live at the Apollo,' 'Have I Got News For You,' and 'Mock the Week,' Hal is a firm favourite...

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A Thrilling Read and A Fascinating Author - Meeting Bestselling Writer Peter May

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (09:02)

Peter May is a writer who needs no introduction. An award winning journalist at the age of twenty-one, he left newspapers for a career in television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time drama serials, including 1978's The Standard.

After accruing more than 1000 television credits, Peter moved into novel writing full-time...

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'All of My Novels Begin by Asking the Question, "What if?" - Meeting 'Golden State' Author Michelle Richmond

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (09:00)

Golden State is a powerful, mesmerizing new novel that explores the intricacies of marriage, family, and the profound moments that shape our lives.

Infused with emotional depth and poignancy, Golden State takes readers on a journey over the course of a single, unforgettable day--through an extraordinary landscape of love, loss,...

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'Be Proactive, Always Seek To Better Yourself' - Meeting Chart-Topper Louise Dearman

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (14:58)

Last week, I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Louise Dearman, the widely known British musical theatre actress.

Louise is famously the first actress in the history of the worldwide production of hit musical Wicked to have starred as both Glinda & Elphaba and has built up...

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A Tale From the Dark Side and a Fascinating Interview - Meet Author Stephanie Elmas

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (10:56)

Both a modern day ghost story and a Victorian chiller, The Room Beyond weaves two time frames together to unravel the secrets of one aristocratic family over a century. The action is centered around a West London mansion, with endless corridors full of lingering whispers.

In the present day,...

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Abusive Relationships and Bias in Victim Treatment Programmes

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (12:27)

In this blog post, my associate Natasha* talks about her own experiences with domestic violence, and the anti-man agenda prevalent in mainstream treatment programmes.

My extensive experience of being involved in unhealthy relationships has permitted me to explore domestic violence in great detail. I have analysed the dynamics of such...

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New Film Aims to Raise Awareness of Male Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (11:22)

Recent reports suggest that about two in five of all victims of domestic abuse and violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women who are violated.

Because of that men assaulted by their partners are often not taken seriously or ignored by police, see...

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The World is Focusing on Women's Issues While Happily Ignoring Men's

(82) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (13:05)

Journalist Peter Lloyd recently hit the headlines when he revealed he was suing his local gym, the Kentish Town Sports Centre in North London, on the grounds of gender bias.

Lloyd was incensed that the venue, owned by the fitness company Better, in association with Camden Council - was...

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On Pippa, Waitrose and Concrete Boots

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (10:09)

Ok, I'm a little late to the party.

I know that the fuss about the appointment of Pippa Middleton as a food writer to the Waitrose Kitchen magazine seems to have died down.

But I will take your penny for my thoughts, thank you very much indeed.

And I'll cut...

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Slimming Supplement 'Scam' - How Would the Public Know the Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (09:19)

Green coffee beans, acai berries, African mango, white bean extract, chia, apple cider vinegar and bitter orange.

It seems every month, there's a new weight-loss miracle in a bottle on the market. The list of claims about the efficacy of each product is as long as the range of...

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Goodbye, Standards... And How to Bring Them Back

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (09:47)

Ok... I was waiting for the funny to happen... and it never showed. We're used to it, I suppose... we suffered the unbearable Ricky Gervais as host for far longer than we should have had to.

But... wow... wasn't Seth MacFarlane awful? It's a tough gig, the Oscars. Actors,...

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Bad Cat, Tard... Bad Cat?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (17:01)

For months now, scarcely a day has gone by without a new Tard the Grumpy Cat meme appearing on our Facebook walls. Tard's strident dedication to misanthropy has struck a chord with many, many people around the world. Her Facebook page has over 90,000 followers.

The fun thing about Tard...

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Fat and Fabulous?... Well, No Actually

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2013 | (13:15)

Hilary Mantel is a writer of rare ability. My first encounter with her work was when I read Wolf Hall, during the summer before last. I forget everything else around me, as I entered a world painted so vividly that I could almost smell it.

Indeed, it was often...

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Campaigner in Spotlight As Guest Editor of Current Affairs Blog

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (12:46)

Ruth Jacobs, author and seemingly tireless charity campaigner, has dedicated herself to spending this month interviewing survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as anti-human trafficking activists, advocates, filmmakers, writers and feminists. I met her recently in London to discuss the inspiration for her latest campaign.

'January...

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Tentative Settlement Offers Fresh Hope for Trafficking Victim Sara Kruzan

(1) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (08:22)

Sara Kruzan is a survivor of child molestation, rape, of child sex trafficking and of intimate battering.

On 10th March 1994, when child-sex captor G. G. Howard began to rape Sara inside of a hotel room, Sara let off the fatal gunshot that ended her sex-captor's life. A year...

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