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‘By using words I can create the illusion of having power, and this sensation is an addictive substance. We are so small in the unimaginable vastness of the universe.’
‘Literature was more life-like that life itself. Between hard covers I began to recognise myself.’

Clare Shaw speaks with Geoff Hattersley about the origins of her love of poetry, the legacy of mental illness in her writing, and her drive to find the light in even the darkest material.