“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.”
“Clare Shaw writes rawly and brilliantly” Jackie Kay
“fierce and memorable” Times Literary Supplement
Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His work is widely published in journals and anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit & Magma. Awards include first prize in the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. In 2018, he was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. A fellow of The Complete Works, Ian’s poems are showcased in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe). His debut full-length collection, Zebra, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in Spring 2019.