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Subsidising the Habit: Freelancing for Poets by Claire Collison

Kirsten Luckins Graft, Library

Claire Collison was a winner of the very first Women Poets’ Prize, and is a freelance educator and facilitator. Claire specialises in using art and place to generate creativity, including for The Photographers’ Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, and the Government Art Collection. We asked her to reflect on how poets might live as freelancers…

The Alchemy of Language by Penelope Shuttle

Kirsten Luckins Craft, Library, Sustain


Penelope Shuttle’s thirteenth poetry collection Lyonnesse was published by Bloodaxe in June 2021, fifty-three years after her first. We asked her to share some thoughts about what keeps a creative career alive throughout a lifetime.