"I’m allergic to mussels, oysters and the like and my grandmother wanted me to be a BBC newsreader when I grew up. Clearly this did not come to pass."
Claire Dyer was born in Guildford and has lived in Bedfordshire, Birmingham, South Wales and Berkshire (not necessarily in that order). I has a BA in English & History from the University of Birmingham, an MA in Victorian Literature & Culture from the University of Reading and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London.
There were bad poems and short stories in the platforms and flares days of her teens and then even bleaker stuff in the leg warmers and shoulder pad days of the ’80s. Following this, she emerged (a bit like a butterfly she hopes) wearing mostly black and beige and began to be more pleased with her work.
Claire's poetry is now widely published in magazines, anthologies and e-zines and her collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects are published by Two Rivers Press.
Her novels, The Perfect Affair and The Moment and her FREE short-story, Falling for Gatsby are published by Quercus.
She is Chairman of Reading Writers, was Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and, until recently, worked for an HR research forum in London. She teaches Creative Writing at Bracknell & Wokingham College and her children are in their twenties, she has three cats and loves all types of cheese. Also, she is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Poetry Society, The Poetry Book Society and The Society of Authors.
From December 2016, she will be part of the team organising and hosting Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, on behalf of The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza.
Claire in kalkan 3I am represented by Broo Doherty at DHH Literary Agency and one of my favourite places in the world is Kalkan!