Her poems have been displayed on buses, performed by actors, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall and widely published in various journals, ‘zines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.
A first poetry chapbook, Blueprints for a Minefield, won the inaugural Fair Acre Press competition in 2016 and was subsequently selected as one of four contemporary chapbooks to be taught on Bath University’s BA Creative Writing programme.
Shauna also writes with children in mind. Various poems have appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies from Macmillan, Bloomsbury and The Emma Press. ‘Return of the Killer Rhubarb’ was shortlisted in Writing Magazine’s 2016 Poetry for Children competition and three poems were commended in the 2017 Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize judged by John Hegley.
Shauna equally enjoys making images in various media and her artwork and poem-pictures have been published in several print anthologies and shown in a number of gallery exhibitions.
Alongside solo projects, she loves to work on collaborative ventures – with writers, visual artists, musicians – anyone with an interesting idea. She has a fascination for the creative process in the broad sense of the term and ardently believes that there’s so such thing as a person who ‘isn’t creative’. At the moment she’s working with a Swindon-based poetry film collective and plans to make a series of film-poems for both adults and children.
Shauna is a graduate of Edinburgh, Grenoble and London universities. Jobs over the years have included librarian, marketing exec, jewellery-maker, civil servant, web editor, charity trustee, commis chef, property manager, travel agent and a brief spell as a professional poker player.