Claire Askew is a poet and creative writing teacher in Edinburgh; her first collection, This Changes Things is 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 poetry has appeared in many magazines and several anthologies, including Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), and has three times been selected to appear in the Scottish Poetry Library's Best Scottish Poems of the Year.
A pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2011, and her first collection, This Changes Things is published by Bloodaxe in 2016.