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


6th September, 9.30-5pm, Human Rights Action Centre, London: “A Disorder for All”. With a panel of international speakers reflecting a range of mental health disciplines, skills and experiences, I’ll be performing poetry and speaking about the capacity of language to harm and to heal. £0-130.

26th September, 7.30pm Shipley: guest reader at “Rhubarb at the Triangle”: a night of poetry. Pay what you feel.

29th September, 7pm, Ulverston: guest reader at “Poem and a Pint”.

11th October, Manchester Central Library: reading with Suzanne Batty and Carol Ann Duffy as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

4th-8th October, Swindon: resident poet at the Swindon Poetry Festival.

13th October, 3pm - 7pm, Constellations, Liverpool : ‘Articipation: A Wellbeing Forum for the Creative Industries’. The forum is aimed at musicians, performers, visual artists, craftspeople/makers, arts administrators and managers and will address the challenges (and mental health impacts) of working in the creative industries. Following the main forum, there will be a free programme of live music from 8pm - late.

9th November: “A Disorder for All” at St. George’s Conference Centre, Leeds

20th November, 7.30, St. Mary’s Church, Todmorden: “The Brontes: creativity and mental health”, a panel discussion chaired by Ian Macmillan. Part of the Todmorden Book Festival.

Link to Diary

Website: Jan Scott