DAY 26: Clare Wigfall


Born 1976 in London, Clare Wigfall has lived in Berkeley, Prague, Edinburgh, and presently Berlin. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, for which she was awarded the Curtis Brown Award.  Her debut short story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing (Faber & Faber) was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. The following year she won the BBC National Short Story Award and was later nominated by William Trevor for an E.M. Forster Award.  In 2017 she was awarded a literature fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Clare has taught writing workshops throughout Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation, and will soon be taking up a guest lectureship at Bard College Berlin.  She is currently working to complete her second story collection for Faber & Faber, after which she is under commission to write a novel set in colonial-era British Malaya, which will be loosely based on the experiences of her grandmother and great grandmother and which will explore themes of motherhood, childhood vulnerability, and the inter-generational impact of family secrets.

Further reading

Read: The Numbers in The Short Story (you’ll need to scroll down and click the Numbers link. The file will save to your computer)

Review: The Loudest Sound and Nothing in the Guardian

Follow on Twitter: @clarewigfall

Discover more: British Council 


Resource: The Short Form

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