Creative quarters

Claire Lightowler

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Claire is the Director of the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ), which supports improvement and learning in youth justice, contributing to a reduction in crime and the realisation of better lives for individuals and communities.


Bar table with apéritifs
Ecco vino in Edinburgh a wine bar close to the train station. Its a perfect in-between space for a bit of solo thinking or creative chat before getting the train elsewhere.


Japanese room interior
The Japanese room I was based during my first and very productive writing retreat just outside Haddington. Its so luxurious and away from the usual day to day pressures it gave me space to think a bit more deeply.


View from study overlooking garden
The view from my study at home. I can see my vegetable beds, messy garden and the countryside beyond which always offers somewhere to gaze to as an aid to thinking.


Yoga mat with feet
My yoga mat. I always see things slightly differently when I step off it (perhaps because I'm dazzled by the mat/nail polish colour clash).