Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw

Clare has written several non-fiction books, including Prepare Your child For School and Your Confident Child. A new feminist book - Sageism - is due to be published by Indigo dreams in 2015. She has had one novel published - The Mother and Daughter Diaries (Mira) and is currently writing the follow up.

Clare is also a playwright and performance poet. Her plays have been performed at venues such as New Wimbledon Theatre, The Cockpit, The Pleasance and The Pulse Festival. She has recently co-written NAKED with her daughter, Jessica Burgess which will premiere at The Vault Festival, Waterloo, in February 2015.

Clare has always loved the short story form and is delighted to share some of her work on Cut A Long Story.


Clare Shaw in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

At school near Guildford.

What do you love about short stories?

I love short stories because they have to draw the reader in right from the start and deliver a great ending.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, non-fiction books, poetry and plays.

What distracts you from writing?

Reading (I call it research)

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Going to the theatre.

What is your favourite book?

Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Who are your favourite writers?

Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami and Thomas Hardy

Where is your dream location?

Anywhere near the sea.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Bus replacement services

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write every day. Never ever ever ever give up.

Work by Clare Shaw:

Girl In A Box
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Clara is in a box waiting to be found. She listens to the words outside the box and the words in her head as she waits for Jasper. But who is Jasper and will he get to her in time? Why is she in a box and why can she not speak out?
Vicar Up The Tree
Clare Shaw
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Set during the second world war, Isabel does not understand why everyone seems to be so uptight. The war to her is just an inconvenience. When Edward asks her to write to him at the front, all she can think of is to copy out some of Browning's letters. When Edward credits her with the maturity she does not possess, this changes everything.

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