These stories of direct experience of self-harm will benefit those interested in narrative enquiry, or studying and practising in the field of mental health. Too often, our understanding limited to concepts of mental illness and disorder, yet these stories demonstrate the survival and recovery of people with rich and diverse lives.
Clare Shaw was born in Burnley in 1972. Their first two collections with Bloodaxe were Straight Ahead (2006), which attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem, and Head On (2012), which according to the Times Literary Supplement is 'fierce, memorable and visceral'. Their later collections are Flood (2018), a New Writing North Read Regional title in 2019, and Towards a General Theory of Love (2022) which won a Northern Writers' Award and was a Poetry Society Book of the Year.