Clara Rose Thornton

Spoken word artist, Culture Journalist, and Broadcaster in Dublin, Ireland

Clara Rose Thornton

Spoken word artist, Culture Journalist, and Broadcaster in Dublin, Ireland

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Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, event organiser, and RTÉ [Ireland] radio and television broadcaster. Her work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place.

She is a multiple poetry slam champion, including the 2014/15/16 Leinster [Dublin] Slam Poetry Champion. Her dynamic performances have been featured at a multitude of Irish music and literary festivals, Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and various venues across France, Denmark, England, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

RTÉ radio programmes to which Clara Rose frequently contributes include “The Ryan Tubridy Show”, “The History Show”, and “Arena”. She was instrumental in founding the inaugural Black History Month Ireland in 2014, and toured the country as the observance's headlining performer. The previous year saw her tour Europe as Vice & Verses, a site-specific performance she conceived involving her original spoken word set to live music, co-composed with native musicians in the countries in which the shows were performed [Croatia, Denmark, France, Ireland].

Clara Rose's print cultural criticism is published internationally, including in the Irish Independent and the Irish Times. The woman has lived in six countries total. Ultimately, she is Chicago-born, New-York-simmered, Dublin-dwelling.

  • Work
    • InkBlot Complex
  • Education
    • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign