Walking with Angels, published as an ebook in 2014 and printed in 2015, was written during a unique four year journey taken by the author, in which she explores the concepts of love, loss, hope, gratitude, spirituality and courage, all featured in sharp relief.
The poems’ appeal lies in their wit, their masterful use of understatement, and the poignant contrast of the light-hearted with the profound. A powerful combination of simplicity and depth engages us to think about living life to the full while we can. Illustrated with beautiful paintings by Paola Minekov, Walking with Angels is a gem of a book to hold in your hands, close to your heart.
REVIEW QUOTES FOR WALKING WITH ANGELS
‘These short poems can be read and enjoyed by anyone. The author is warm and funny, showing with a lightness of touch how life is for living, whatever may be thrown at us.’
‘A gorgeous variety of poems that touched my heart.
A beautiful gift for someone special.’
‘Simplicity and the power of Claire's words spring at you from every page. Masterfully understated and all the more engaging because of it.’
‘A sheer delight.’
Living with Joy, published in August 2022, completes a poetic trilogy in which the reader shares Claire-Louise’s
uplifting and inspiring journey from sadness to serenity. Finding her poetic voice again after the initial shock of the pandemic, and with great wit and humour, she describes how she ultimately learned to find joy in moments of challenge, of calm or of serendipity – moments we can all relate to as we go about our daily lives.
REVIEW QUOTES FOR LIVING WITH JOY
‘Humour, happiness, hope - an accomplished third collection in this poetry trilogy. Reflection, wry observation - it is all there.’
‘There is plenty of humour in this compilation of authentic poems which would relate to anyone needing a little uplift.’
‘The wide range of topics and emotions reflect the poet’s skill at capturing a moment or feeling. Paola’s paintings are beautiful.’
‘Beautifully written, insightful and a pleasure to read!’
‘While some of the poems sparkle with the author's wisdom, wit and sense of humour, the others make me reflect on life's blessings and challenges with positivity.’
Dancing with Love is the sequel to Walking with Angels and was published in May 2019, six years after the author was widowed. It describes her journeys of discovery – of new loves, new places, new experiences, and of herself. Yet through all her adventures, near or far, in or out of love, someone was always close by and it was to him, Claire-Louise always returned. Entertaining yet compassionate, these poems are about life after death in more ways than one.
REVIEW QUOTES FOR DANCING WITH LOVE
‘The poetry in this second book written by Claire-Louise is thoughtful, very moving and authentic. She has woven everyday life into her poems bringing a glimmer of uplifting humour to show that life has to go on.
Dancing with Love would make a lovely gift.
‘This welcome sequel will speak to anyone who has suffered the bereavement of a loved one - and must go on tackling life from an irrevocably changed perspective. Claire-Louise’s verse is underscored by wry humour, a love of nature and a belief in living in the moment. But above all, it is the spiritual presence of her husband that serves as a guiding strength.’
‘The poems speak to everyone. It really is a book of hope, and of life. Open it at any page and you’ll find something to escape into for a moment, or longer.’
A Poetic Journey from Grief to Serenity