First Volume Produced

Claires-anthologyOur last CWF, Clair, publishes her first volume

We are very proud that our Last Creative Writing Fellow, Claire Askew has published a volume of poetry called This Changes Things.

Claire is delighted. She said, ‘Yes, after all these years, I finally published a book. This changes things has been in the works since 2008, when I started work on my MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

‘The book contains a couple of poems from my pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors, and a lot of the poems that went into the creative submission of my PhD (also in Creative Writing, also at the University of Edinburgh). It also contains a few new pieces, written with the help of funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.’

Congratulations to Claire for this acclaimed book, which contains a number of award-winning poems. Well done from Tyne and Esk Writers!

‘The unpublished MS of This changes things was shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,’ says Claire, ‘and poems from it have won the International Salt Prize for Poetry (2012), the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize (2010), and appeared in a variety of journals and magazines. Don’t worry — there are also some poems you won’t have seen before!’

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