Clare Shaw

I’m Clare Shaw: poet and performer, tutor and trainer.

I have three poetry collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), Head On (2012) and Flood (2018).

I'm a regular tutor with a range of literary organisations - including the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation - delivering creative writing courses, workshops and mentoring sessions in a variety of different settings, with individuals at all levels of ability, confidence and experience. I work with the Royal Literary Fund and the Writing Project, supporting the development of writing skills in academic settings and workplaces. I'm the co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival - and I’m involved in a range of innovative projects with artists and practitioners in other disciplines, including psychology, visual arts and music. I’m also a mental health educator. All my work is underpinned by a deep faith in language: words have the power to harm and help us, and powerful language can transform us as individuals, communities and societies.

Welcome to my website: here, you can find out more about me, my work, and my writing.

And as you can see, I’m a lover of high and watery places.

"Clare Shaw writes rawly and brilliantly

Jackie Kay

fierce and memorable

Times Literary Supplement

Forthcoming Events

27th March Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mark Oakley and I will spend the day deciding the winner of the Ted Hughes Award - and we'll celebrate with the winner and shortlisted authors at the awards ceremony that evening.

28 March, 7.30pm Read Regional reading at Cheadle Library, 23 Ashfield Rd, Cheadle, Stockport SK8 1BB

31st March, 7.30pm Prize Giving Ceremony for the York Poetry Prize (Judge - Clare Shaw), aboard the York Cruises Steamer. 

2nd April,  1.30pm SOLD OUT Opening Keynote Speaker at the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder International Conference, 2nd-4th April, 2019, Durham, Radisson Blu Hotel.

4th April, 7.15pm Read Regional reading at Morpeth Chantry, Northern Poetry Library, 67A Bridge St, Morpeth, NE61 1PQ

11th April, 6pm Read Regional reading at Cleckheaton Library, Whitcliffe Rd, Cleckheaton, BD19 3DX

25th April, 8pm>Read Regional reading at Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EP

27th April, 2.30pm Read Regional reading at Hull Central Library, Albion St, Hull, HU1 3TF

29th April, 12pmRead Regional reading with John Challis at Wakefield Library, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

Link to Diary

Website: Jan Scott