Claire Askew

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, in 1986, Claire Askew grew up in the Scottish Borders. Her poetry has won several awards, including the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry in 2013. Her debut pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel Press, 2011) was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award and she was runner-up for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for Scottish poets aged 30 or under. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women's Poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and works as a Project Co-ordinator for Scottish Book Trust in Edinburgh.

Bad Moon

The moon must be sick of being in poems – always gripped by fingers of late honeysuckle, always filtered in the lake through the jetty’s slats, always silvering the flicked tails of the koi. Always a dinner plate or mirror, …

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Visiting Nannie Gray

We go on Sundays to make her tea. I’ve known her years, but every week we’re introduced. She thrums my name’s soft hiss in her teeth, tells you she’s sure you and I are for keeps. We bite our lips …

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