Claire is the author of nine novels for young adults; all have been published by Dublin’s Poolbeg Press. Her most recent book, Every Summer, was published in May 2009.
Praise for her writing includes:
“Nothing has quite as daringly set out to cross new frontiers”
– Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
“a perceptive, well-written and well-constructed book by a writer who observes with a clear eye and a sensitive heart.”
– Frank Murphy, Children’s Books in Ireland
“mirrors adolescence convincingly.”
– Niall MacMonagle, The Irish Times
“Well-written with funny, hard-hitting dialogue.”
– Mary Arrigan, The Sunday Tribune
“This sharply-observed tale of the struggle to ‘fit in’ and combat low self-esteem will strike many resonances with youngsters everywhere.”
– Ferdia MacAnna, Sunday Independent
“This new offering is her most daring yet… It’s a mature, thoughtful book.”
– Sue Leonard, Woman’s Way
Since the publication of her first book in 2000, she has given readings, talks, and workshops in schools and libraries around the country for children, teenagers, and adults, and has spoken at conferences on topics such as writing for children, teenagers’ reading habits, young adult fiction, and creative writing in gifted education.
Claire also teaches regularly at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at DCU, and designed and taught two courses concentrating on novel writing for the Irish Writers’ Centre for a number of terms. She is a regular reviewer for Inis magazine and contributor to writing.ie. Her particular areas of interest include novel writing, novel outlining, motivation when writing, and young adult fiction.
Claire is a founder director of The Big Smoke Writing Factory with whom Inkwell enjoy a close relationship. Big Smoke run a wide range of writing courses in Dublin city, do check them out!