Clare Shaw Launch Readings

Clare Shaw Launch 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 will be launching the book in Liverpool (as part of Feminist Book Fortnight) and in Hebden Bridge in June 2018, and will be giving reading and workshops across the UK through to the autumn.




Sunday 17th June, 3pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge

The opening of the Claude Cahun exhibition. Clare Shaw will be reading poetry in response to the “Beneath This Mask” exhibition with its themes of identity, fluidity and gender non-comformity.  


Sunday 24th June, 12-2pm, Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge

Writing Gender: a practical writing workshop. Responding to the groundbreaking work of Claude Cahun.

Open to all, free.


Monday 25 June, 6pm-8pm, News from Nowhere Bookshop, Liverpool.

News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY

Meena Kandasamy and Clare Shaw in conversation with Madeline Heneghan

As part of Feminist Book Fortnight (16th - 30th June), Clare Shaw will be launching her new collection Flood at News from Nowhere in Liverpool.  She'll be reading alongside Meena Kandasamy, author of When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife.  Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her latest novel, When I Hit You was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018.  Clare Shaw is an author and poet who was born in Burnley.

A FREE event at News From Nowhere Bookshop

Call 0151 708 7270 or click here for more information.

Thursday 28th June, 9pm Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

“Taking a Stand: the Dissident Artist and Creative Conformity”. Clare Shaw will be hosting a post-show panel discussion with playwright and poet Jackie Hagan following the 7.30pm performance of her show “This is Not a Safe Space”.   


Saturday 30 June, 4pm, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

Official hometown launch of “Flood”, with the support of The Special Guest choirs.  The choir will be performing their conductor Alison Burns' song 'When Love Had No Road', based on Clare's poem 'Vow' from her second collection Head On.  This song has been performed by community choirs across the UK.

Free event.

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The launch will be followed by another reading: at 6pm, Clare will be reading alongside other poets at the launch of the anthology ‘Project Boast’. Free.

1st July, 12-2pm Linden Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge

“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.

Wednesday 25th July, 7pm, Gulivers, Manchester

Clare Shaw will be Guest Reader at “Bad Language”, the twice-winner of UK Best Spoken Word Night.



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. 


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”.   

Tickets: £6/£5

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


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.

[12 June 2018]

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