The depth and intensity of Claire’s poems throughout BASPCAN 10th International Congress 8th – 11th April 2018 and the lead-up to Congress really enhanced the theme ‘thinking outside the box’ and left delegates with a lot to think about. You can revisit Claire’s poems of the month and read more about Claire below.

Clare Shaw

Described by the Arvon Foundation as “one of the country’s most dynamic young poets”, Clare Shaw has two collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), which attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem; and Head On (2012), which is, according to the Times Literary Supplement: “fierce … memorable and visceral”. Clare was born in Burnley in 1972, and her poetry finds its roots in place and an uncompromising voice. Often addressing political and personal conflict, it is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language.

Clare is a Royal Literary Fellow at Huddersfield University, and a regular tutor for the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust, The National Writer’s Centre for Wales, and the Arvon Foundation. She also works as a mental health trainer, researcher and consultant, and has published widely in the field, including: “Otis Doesn’t Scratch (PCCS 2015), an illustrated guide for young people struggling with self-injury; and “Our Encounters with Self-injury” (2013), an edited collection first-hand experiences. Click here to visit Claire’s website



Clare’s Poems

Click on the links below to read Clare’s poems for congress:

April – The Rhesus Monkey Speaks of Love

March – The Impact of Neglect on the Developing Brain

February Love as a Yoga Class in Bradford

January – This poem: a poem in two parts by Niamh, aged 10 and Clare, aged 45

December – Poetry writing with Year 8

November – I do not believe in silence

October – My father was no ordinary man

September – Not my shame

August – Teaching your daughter to swim

July – Mother boast

June – The night before your sons’ birthday

May – Child Protection