Following her Word Factory apprenticeship with Jacob Ross, Claire’s debut novel Golden Child was published in the US and by Faber in the UK. She is a recipient of the Desmond Elliot Prize and McKitterick prize. She took an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where an extract from her novel-in-progress was shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Kavanagh Award. Her story, “Portrait of a Girl” won third place in the Segora Short Story Competition (SSC) 2014, judged by Michèle Roberts; “I told him my name was Megan” was long-listed in the Frome SSC 2014. She grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad – with summer visits to Ireland, where her mother’s family is from. She took an undergraduate degree in the US (Physics at Brown), then spent a few years in Italy and Ireland before coming to London, where she has lived for 15 years.