Hello everyone! I’m Claire. Welcome to my website, I hope you enjoy your time here.
I have been writing since childhood, when I would entertainment myself by creating worlds out of lego and populating them with cuddly toys and action figures. I wrote my first book at the age of 7, on folded A5 paper, complete with crayon illustrations. I now have a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Writing for Children from the University of Winchester, and I’m working on a fantasy novel for teenagers. I also write short plays and stories and flash fictions, some of which are uploaded on this website for you to enjoy.
When not writing, I enjoy cooking, murder mystery shows and superhero movies. My passions are folk and fairy tales, legends and mythology, my favourite author is Neil Gaiman and my favourite book is Neverwhere (I dream of one day writing a story that good). But I feel just as at home in the theatre or in front of the camera as I do at the keyboard. I especially love Shakespeare and musicals (my dream role is Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), but I act at every opportunity.
I currently work at P&G Wells independent booksellers in Winchester. I am also a freelance proof-reader and editor, with five years of experience. I’m available for writing and editing commissions (scriptwriting, reviews/articles and children’s fiction are my main areas of expertise). Please contact me for more details.
Writing and Acting Credits
Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Chesil Theatre, 2017 (Mary Musgrove, Mrs Clay)
Hamalot: A ripoff pantomime of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Scratch Shakespeare, Theatre Royal, Winchester, 2017 (Ophelia, Sergeant of the Guard)
Peter Pan, Weeke Community Centre, 2016 (Knox the Pirate, Sticks the Lost Boy)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winchester Musicals and Opera Society,Theatre Royal, Winchester, 2016 (Mustardseed, Ensemble)
Aladdin, Weeke Community Centre, 2015 (Abigail, Ensemble)
Kings of the Car Park, Shakesperts, ‘So To Speak’ Festival, Southampton, 2015 (Ensemble [Henry V], Olivia [Twelfth Night], Regan, Fool [King Lear], Greene, Aumerle [Richard II], Puck [Epilogue])
Litmus [University of Winchester Creative Writing MA Anthology], 2015 (Contributing Writer – The Lucky Ones [extract])
My Kingdom for a Beer, Scratch Shakespeare, Theatre Royal, Winchester, 2015 (Lady Macbeth)
Sleeping Beauty, Weeke Community Centre, 2014 (Carabosse)
Good Cop, Bad Cop, Let’s Act Showcase, Performing Arts Winchester, 2014 (Writer, Co-Director)
The Real Inspector Hound, New DNA, 2014 (Felicity)
Last Call in Fairy Tale Land, Let’s Act Showcase, Performing Arts Winchester, 2013 (Writer)
The Three Musketeers, Performing Arts Winchester, 2013 (Planchet)
The Wizard of Oz, Chichester High School, 2011 (Munchkin Coroner, Ensemble)
The Life and Death of Almost Everybody, Chichester High School, 2010 (Ensemble)
Hamlet, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 2009 (King Hamlet, Player Queen, Osric)