Clare Shaw Readings

Clare Shaw Readings

The territory of Clare Shaw’s third collection isn’t one she chose herself, but one which chose her: the flooded valley and the ruined home. The 2015 floods in Britain left whole swathes of the country submerged, including her home town of Todmorden.  Flood offers an eye-witness account of those events, from rainfall to rescue, but ripples out from there. Intimately interwoven with the breakdown of a relationship, flooding serves as a powerful metaphor for wider experiences of loss, destruction and recovery.

Clare Shaw launched the book in Liverpool (as part of Feminist Book Fortnight) and at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in June 2018, and will be giving reading and workshops across the UK through to the autumn.  Two poems from Flood are featured on the Bookanista website here




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. 

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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.



26th September, 7.30pm, 47 Bradford Road, Shipley, Bradford BD18 3DS

Clare Shaw will be guest reader at “Rhubarb at the Triangle”: a night of poetry.

Pay what you feel.

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Saturday 29th September, 7pm, Poem and a Pint, Laurel and Hardy Museum, The Roxy, Brogden Street, Ulverston LA12 7AH

Clare Shaw will be guest reader at “Poem and a Pint”.   She'll be reading from her third collection  Floo.

Tickets: £6/£5

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

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Thursday 11th October, Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Central Library

Reading with Suzanne Batty and Carol Ann Duffy as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

Details to be posted when confirmed.


Tuesday 20th November, 7.30pm, Todmorden Book Festival, St. Mary’s Church, Todmorden

“The Brontes: creativity and mental health”, a panel discussion chaired by poet and broadcaster Ian Macmillan. Part of the Todmorden Book Festival.

[26 July 2018]

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