Minutes of the Escape Committee: Education and Memoir


  • Claire Robson


In the 1980s, Thatcher dismantled public education in England, causing many teachers to flee the profession, including the author. This paper recounts represents her queer journey back into education and her current efforts to reposition learning in the context of the work of Britzman, Grumet, Lasch, and Pinar. In particular, it examines the importance of writing processes as they are used collectively by a community art group, Quirk-e (the queer imaging & riting kollective for elders), under her direction.

Author Biography

Claire Robson

Claire Robson is a doctoral student at The University of British Columbia and host artist for Quirk-e: The Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders. She has published a memoir, Love in Good Time, and edited a collection of stories, Outside Rules. The 2007 Pink Triangle Press Writer of the Year, Claire is an American and British national living in Vancouver.