About Claire

Claire Askew is an award winning author and poet. Her debut novel, All The Hidden Truths, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2018.


Claire Askew is a poet, writer, creative writing teacher and groupwork facilitator living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Mail, The Dark Horse, and PANK. Poems of Claire’s have also been selected for inclusion in the Scottish Poetry Library’s annual Best Scottish Poems anthology an amazing three times (20082009 and 2014). Her work has been recognised by numerous awards, including the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, the Charles Causley Poetry Competition and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Claire’s debut pamphlet collection, The Mermaid and the Sailors, was published in 2011 by Red Squirrel Press: poems from it won the 2009 William Sharpe Hunter Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing, and the 2010 Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. Her first full length collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books in early 2016, and Claire is working on her first novel, Three Rivers (working title), which was longlisted for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award in 2014. For a full list of all Claire’s publications, please click here.

Claire is also an experienced performer, and has read her work at events and festivals across the UK and beyond. She acted as an official Scottish “slambassador” for the 2011 City2Cities Literature Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and has performed at Aye Write!StAnza Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2009 and 2014), and in the Free Fringe, to name but a few. Claire’s a Literary Death Match winner (Edinburgh, 2012), a co-convenor of Shore Poets, and an experienced poetry slam judge.

Oh, and lastly, I also run a jewellery store!

I believe that no hard-working, self employed girl should be without a reliable side business, so in 2009 I opened Edinburgh Vintage, an online vintage store specialising in jewellery, collectables and small antiques. According to CraftCountEdinburgh Vintage is one of the Top 15 UK Vintage Sellers on the whole of Etsy! Please do head over and have a browse.