Clare Shaw

Kendal Poetry Festival Co-Director Clare Shaw

Festival Co-Director

Clare Shaw’s first three collections with Bloodaxe were Straight Ahead (2006), Head On (2012), and Flood (2018), Their latest collection Towards a General Theory of Love won a Northern Writer’s Award, and was published by Bloodaxe in May 2022. With a background in mental health and education, Clare is a keen advocate for writing as a tool of social and personal change and through multiple projects, they are actively committed to engaging wider audiences with poetry. Clare also writes for radio, and works with artists, musicians and composers: they wrote the libretto for the opera “Daylighting”, which was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and premiered in 2022.

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