Claire Askew is a poet and writer living in Edinburgh; her first collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016.
Claire Askew was born in 1986, grew up in the Scottish Borders and has lived in Edinburgh since 2004. In 2012 she won the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry and in 2013 completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women's Poetry with the University of Edinburgh. Her work has been twice shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, in 2014 and 2016, and This changes things was shortlisted for the 2016 Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award.
Her poetry has appeared in many magazines and several anthologies, including Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), and has been selected to appear in the Scottish Poetry Library's Best Scottish Poems four times. Claire is the Jessie Kesson Fellow for 2017.
A pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2011, and her first collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016.