Celia Claase

Celia’s book of philosophical essays and poetry, titled The Layers Between, was published by Proverse Hong Kong and won the 2014 International Proverse Literary Prize. Her poetry appears in the 2016 June- and forthcoming December addition of Rhodes University’s poetry journal, New Coin; the 2013 Writers Abroad anthology: Foreign and Far Away and in the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th addition of Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society’s anthology: Imprint. A number of her memoirs was published in the online magazine www.sarie.com.

Hong Kong School Drama Festival awarded her for writing an outstanding stage script and she won third prize in a 2011 LitNet flash fiction competition.

Celia was a preliminary judge for Hong Kong Baptist University’s 2015-16 Award for Budding Poets Program; for Hong Kong Performing Artistes Association’s (Asia) 2015 Arts & Speech Competition and for the Philosopies of Peel Street Poets poetry competition in 2015. In 2014 Celia co-ordinated the Hong Kong WiPS annual Short Story Competition for Senior School Students.

She was a guest speaker for the 11th Hong Kong Literary Festival; did an authors talk for the Proverse Reader’s Club; held a talk for Women in Publishing Society and she often does poetry readings at Poetry OutLoud and Peel Street Poets in Hong Kong.

Links:

Interview:

https://peelstreetpoetry.com/2015/12/07/q-and-a-with-celia-claase/ 

Newspaper Article:
http://southcoastsun.co.za/83357/author-returns-to-where-inspiration-first-struck/

Blog:
https://claasecelia.wordpress.com

The Layers Between Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheLayersBetween/?fref=ts

 

Safely saved

Celia Claase 2014-01-21

"In this age when sharpening a pencil has become abrasive and taking up a chisel is absurd we choose to donate our fantasies and ideologies, our conspiracies and our poetry to electronic memories."

The human species

Celia Claase 2014-01-10

"We entered this solid plane like asteroids
on a mission to kill without thought

So we domesticated the buffalo for an easy
merciful cut
befriended wolves to help us sniff rabbits ou"


Nothing happens in isolation

Celia Claase 2013-11-06 "We reckon that cracked shells cut into boiled egg-whites because they are made to protect the evolving not the dead"

Entropy - the trigger that tilted the cosmos into being

Celia Claase 2013-11-06

"Imbalance, thank you for warding stagnation off

Division, to you, for rolling my marrow in bones"

To Whom It May Concern

Celia Claase 2013-09-03

"A large life should not end ordinarily
quietly during sleep
in isolation or at the turn of a switch"
 

3 Poems

Celia Claase 2013-07-15

"It’s because emotion forbids music that silence holds grace
with no background din to ease or disturb the radar of bats"
 

My geliefde: Tussen Bloemfontein en die Kalahari

Celia Claase 2012-06-05 'n Liefdesbrief uit die boereoorlog wat die liefde besing te midde van die gruwels van hierdie donker tyd.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 1

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for Steve Biko’s I write what I like.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 8

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for The lovely bones by Alice Sebold.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 6

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for Room by Emma Donoghue.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 5

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for Edward St Aubyn’s Mother’s Milk.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 4

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 3

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for John Banville’s The sea.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 2

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for Alan Hollinghurst’s The line of beauty.

Picador cover: Celia Claase 7

Celia Claase 2012-05-10 Celia Claase designs a cover for Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary.
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