Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw

I’m Clare Shaw: poet and performer, tutor and trainer. I believe in the power of language.

I have two poetry collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006) and Head On (2012). My third collection, Flood, will be published by Bloodaxe in June 2018.

As a writer, I work with a range of literary organisations - including the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. I deliver creative writing courses, workshops and individual mentoring sessions in a variety of different settings, with individuals at all levels of ability, confidence and experience. I also work with the Royal Literary Fund and the Writing Project, supporting the development of writing skills in universities and workplaces.

In addition to my writing work, I’m a mental health educator: I develop training courses, produce written resources and deliver presentations and speeches on issues like mental health awareness, self-injury and suicide. Whether in prisons, schools, hospitals, grassroots organisations and corporate workplaces, all of my work is underpinned by a deep faith in language: words have the power to harm and help us.

My passion for language is the reason I’m involved in a range of innovative projects with artists and practitioners in other disciplines, including psychology, visual arts and music. You can read these - and all of my work - when my new website is launched in mid-June.

In the meantime, you can join me at the launch of “Flood” on June 30th, 4pm at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, with guest choirs. Free.

You can contact me by email at