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 involved in a range of innovative projects with artists and practitioners in other disciplines, including psychology, visual arts and music, and 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


1st July, 12-2pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge. “Re/writing Gender: a practical writing workshop”. Responding to the groundbreaking work of Claude Cahun. Open to all, free.

14th July, 2-4pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge: “Claude Cahun and Hebden Bridge – what next?” Performance, exhibition and discussion featuring work by local artists in response to the “Beneath this Mask” exhibition. Open to all, free.

16th July, closing date for submissions to A Poem and Pint Poetry Competition, judged by Clare Shaw

17th July, 1.45pm, Radio Four: you can listen to me and my poetry on "Self Harm Nation", part of Radio Four's "Hacking Happiness" series.

20th July, 7.30pm Chorlton Library, Manchester. Guest reader at Manchester Poets, free.

22nd July, 4.30pm, Radio Four: catch me reading my poem "I Do Not Believe in Silence" on Radio Four's "Poetry Please".

25th July, 7pm, Gullivers, Manchester. Guest Reader at “Bad Language”, the twice-winner of UK Best Spoken Word Night. £5.

6th-11th August, Arvon Lumb Bank Writing Centre. “Starting to Write: Finding your Writing Map”. A five-day residential course offering new ideas and approaches to writing. With co-tutor novelist James Friel.

Link to Diary

Website: Jan Scott