Clare Chandler

Clare Chandler

Clare Chandler is a writer and editor. She has written many non-fiction books and articles and had plays performed on the Edinburgh Fringe. Ten years ago she founded the popular website for reading groups, Bookgroup Info ( In 2012 she completed the MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University and is now concentrating on writing fiction. Her stories have been short-listed for several prizes, including the Costa Short Story Award and the Lightship Award, and published in anthologies.


Clare Chandler in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

My whole life has been conducted more in my head than anywhere else - many of those stories have found themselves on paper or on screen.

What do you love about short stories?

The best stories I've read play with the form in extraordinary ways. At the same time, it's those very limits which can make them immensely satisfying and complete.

Do you write in other forms?

There's that great moment when you know you've got the right format for your idea, whether short story, article, play or novel, and it comes to life. I've tried some of everything.

What distracts you from writing?

Rowing - I can't resist catching the high tide and getting out on the water.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I'm always seeking out wilderness, I love swimming in the sea and I row with a Cornish flashboat team.

What is your favourite book?

Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.

Who are your favourite writers?

Carson McCullers, John McGahern and George Saunders.

Where is your dream location?

In a boat on the River Tiddy here in Cornwall.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Misery memoirs.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

I'm still learning...

Work by Clare Chandler:

Something Missing
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How can Maya survive in a world where humans are on the verge of extinction and chumps – genetically-modified chimps – keep people to do their dirty work?
The Gun Shearer
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The arrival of a young sheep shearer at a farm in New South Wales has a profound effect on the owner, bringing back memories of a pivotal moment from her past. The Gun Shearer was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award.

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