Claire AskewClaire Askew is a poet and writer based in Edinburgh. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including The Guardian, Gutter, The Edinburgh Review, The Island Review, and PANK. Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2014, and was published in 2016 by Bloodaxe Books. Poems from the collection have been recognised by a variety of competitions and awards, including the Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition (2014 and 2015), the Charles Causley Poetry Prize (2014) and the International Salt Prize for Poetry (2012).

Claire is currently in post as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, based at Craigmillar Library in Edinburgh. She is also a Creative Writing Fellow at Tyne & Esk Writers, and tutors for Write Like A Grrrl!, an empowering all-female fiction course run by For Books' Sake.  Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and blogs at

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