Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector.
I think that makes me sound either like the kind of country-bumpkin rube who’d drink from the fingerbowl in 80s restaurants, or a charmingly fresh ingenue to the literary scene. Take your pick.
I was indeed born in a small village in Ireland, at the tail-end of 1981, which means I’m 32 this year (or older if I forget to update this bit and you’re reading in the future….hi.). After spells in exciting places like France, Oxford, China, and Tunbridge Wells, I now live in a murdery part of London where I try not to antagonise my neighbours.
I’m represented by Diana Beaumont at Rupert Heath. Please drop me a line on here or on Twitter – like many writers, I’ll do anything for a distraction. And I always write back!
See me read from The Dead Ground at the Belfast Book Festival, 2014.