I grew up surrounded by family folk stories of love, faith and connection - the lives of my predecessors running seamlessly into the modern day, the threads of joy and losses experienced in their life forever sewn into the fabric of mine.
This sense of belonging acted as a firm foundation in difficult times. Life threatening heart failure, heart transplant, historic sexual trauma and a historic emotionally abusive relationship have, at times, proved almost impossible to navigate. I discuss these topics in my writing and speaking, always with the aim to shine a light on the people, places and approaches that helped me to hold onto hope, survive and thrive.
Through these experiences, I found my love of food and cookery. Food is a source of great joy for me. It helps me to nurture myself and others, provides a sense of belonging & connection with both people and places. I came to see that for me, cookery plays an important role in my search for creative and individual expression.
I celebrate the power of great food and good conversation in creating a meaningful connection - with the people we love, with the stranger yet to be a friend, the organisations in our community and the people working hard behind the scenes.
For me, our food past is integral in the search for a positive food future.
Join me for a conversation over a plate of food. Make a connection. Write a new story.
Until recently I provided copywriting services, consultancy and training to organisations across the north of England.
Together we explored the stories that give a brand meaning. From uniting team members towards a common goal - to crafting a strong message that attracts a loyal customer base - I love seeing organisations thrive as a result of our work together.
Before my heart failure took me out of the workplace I worked within the NHS as an Occupational Therapist. This helped to give me a unique perspective of individual psychology – how emotion, language and experience shape our thinking and behaviour. This knowledge has proved invaluable over my lifetime, enabling me to find and articulate a carefully crafted message that feels authentic to both the storyteller and the audience.
Alongside my commercial work with business owners, I am a published food writer and a passionate foodie. Just like the stories we tell, food plays a crucial role in drawing people together and cementing meaningful relationships.
In essence, it all comes to down to a love of people – the businesses we run, the communities we create and the food we share. The blog is where I choose to nurture my regular writing habit - sharing useful business content, food and drink recipes and anything else that feels important along the way.
What My Clients Say
- Sarah Cooper
"Claire Davies was the guest speaker at a meeting I attended, in the short space of time we had together I learned so much about improving the way we communicate with our potential client base and about writing business copy in general. Her friendly yet professional manner underlined her passion for writing and I felt instantly at ease. I look forward to attending some of the writing workshops that Claire is running in the future."
- Little Seed Company
"Sometimes you need someone to look at your work to find out how you can strengthen it further...Claire was professional, easy to get on with and raised many constructive points, which has enhanced the quality of my writing. She has natural people skills and takes a genuine interest in your work. I have no hesitation in recommending Claire's services to others." - Ellen
- Ann AllanMiddlethorpe Interiors
"We like to work with 'nice people' at Middlethorpe Interiors so it was a pleasure to work with Claire. Always curious and respectful Claire took her time to understand our business values and how we work. She earned our trust very quickly as she was not only recommended to us but she proved herself with the copy, she completely understood who our clients are, what we are trying to achieve and who we are at our core. We will continue to work with Claire and would be delighted to recommend her services." -
- Mark StredwickBrewtown Tours
"I have known Claire for nearly two years and she writes articles and blogs for me about beer and the industry. I have received an excellent quality of writing and very happy to recommend Claire."
- Stephen CreeOrange Crush Digital
"We have worked with Claire Davies on a number of projects and she has added real value to each of them. Claire can work as part of a team or independently and this adaptability is really useful to us. Her copywriting is of a consistently high standard and deadlines are never missed! The best thing about Claire is that she's a really good person and a joy to work with. We like Claire! Highly recommended!"
Recent Blog Posts
World Suicide Prevention Day – A personal storyI woke up with a banging headache that morning. My head hurt but my mind was calm. As I looked around the messy bedroom littered with old joints, underwear and cigarette papers I suddenly understood what had to happen. I had to die. This might sound like the first chapter of a depressing new novel (it'll probably win a Booker or something, the really depressing ones always win awards) but it actually describes the opening scenes to the morning my seventeen year old self decided to take her life.
Shedding skins – Coming back to myself as a writerMr D and I just got back from a week in Portugal. Our first trip out of the country in fifteen years this was a beach, sun and food kinda week. It's been so long because our mental fitness - and as a result, financial fitness - just wasn't strong enough before now. Our first trip abroad since my heart transplant ten years ago, last week acted as a litmus test for more demanding holiday plans in the future.
Historic Recipes for the Modern Kitchen – Noah’s Pudding
(Ash - oo - ray)There are times when a new recipe develops through hours of research. Others flash into life from a simple word, smell or taste whilst I’m thinking of something completely unrelated. Then, like this one, inspiration visits me via someone else. Noah’s Pudding appeared in a novel my husband was reading, the main character prepared and served the dessert for dinner guests. The description included grains, pulses and dried fruits combined in a sweet, porridge-like consistency. John thought it sounded tasty and the name itself had me hooked.