“Hudson-Clayton reminds us that women are not rays of sunshine but supercell storms.” - Female Arts Review.
Imogen’s work as a writer and poet is auto-fictional and often blends themes of identify, grief, nature and healing, with the erotic. When writing, she endeavours to lean into the discomfort of expression in its rawest form. Not without apology, for humans like to apologise for themselves, but with curiosity and courage, with an occasional sense of abandon, and above all; to risk. To risk seeing and being seen, feeling and being felt, fully.
'Nameless' artwork by Kate Florence.
May I ask Who is Steering? by Imogen Hudson-Clayton, in Hidden in Chaos by Chris Holmes and Trope. Photography by Trope.
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Imogen is a featured poet in the photography book and poetry anthology Hidden in Chaos by Chris Holmes and Trope.
She also sells her own hand-crafted and typed poetry works, which can make the perfect personalised gifts. For more information, please visit her poetry instagram page. Imogen is also available to hire as a performance and spoken word poet. To enquire, you can get in touch using the contact form below.
Photography by Benkin Photography.
Mel is a Kick-boxer. Her bouts in the ring are nothing compared to her daily bare-knuckle fights with her past. Best mate Sofia is an activist, in legal jeopardy following a political protest, and she just needs her lover Ana not to forsake her. Sahil is a DJ who has landed the gig of his life, and Jimmy’s secret might just blow up all their lives.
Nameless wraps these five in a passionate, reckless and raw drama of trauma, survival and love. A piece of gig theatre underscored by the rhythmic heartbeat of London. It features poetry, music, and movement, in a story of a struggle to heal and find belonging.
Created by Imogen Hudson-Clayton, with written contributions from Samuel Gosrani and Maite Jareugui, and music composed by Silas Barke, the piece has been in an online R&D process during 2020 and will be having its first live workshop performance in July 2021.
As part of this project development Imogen will be facilitating workshops on the themes of grief for South West charities Resilient Women & Josephine Star. Imogen is available for Poetry Workshop bookings (on a volunteer or paid basis) and is looking for national partners interested in new writing and performance poetry who might wish to collaborate or invest. Please get in touch with Imogen via contact form below if you wish to find out more about Nameless.
'Pucker Up Peckham (an extract)' from Nameless. Written by Imogen Hudson-Clayton
If Only We Knew was written in response to and inspired by the playtext Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Benedict Andrews. Imogen directed a project performance of this piece at Rose Bruford College, with a talented bunch of first year actors in June 2019. She wrote the poem as an offering to the cast, to thank them for their creative courage. Music created by cast members Lucinda Freeburn and George Rowlands. The poem was recorded by Verse on Screen, with cinematography by Ben Goffin and sound by Alex Yousri.
If Only We Knew
If Only We Knew Written and spoken by Imogen Hudson Clayton. Music by Lucinda Freeburn and George Rowlands. Cinematography by Ben Goffin. Sound by Alex Yousri