Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw has three poetry collections with Bloodaxe – Straight AheadHead On and Flood: her forthcoming fourth collection was awarded a Northern Writer’s Award and will be published by Bloodaxe in 2022.  

As an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Clare is responsible for establishing writing projects in workplaces across the UK. She is co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival; and a regular tutor for the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. In her various roles as a writer, librettist, and writing skills project leader, she works with a wide range of organisations: these currently include the Royal Academy of Music, St Mungo’s Community Housing Association, and the BBC.  

Clare is also a mental health trainer with specifical expertise in sexual abuse and self-injury. She is the author and editor of resources including “Encounters with Self-harm”, (PCCS, 2013), and “Otis Doesn’t Scratch: Talking to Children about Self-Injury” (PCCS, 2015). Clare is especially interested in work which brings together her passions of mental health, wellbeing and creativity.