About

This site belongs to writer, editor, performer, project-maker and researcher Claire Dean. And now a switch to the first person because it always feels a bit peculiar to talk about myself in third...

The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, a collection of my fairy tales with illustrations by Laura Rae, is published by Unsettling Wonder/Papaveria Press. My short stories have been widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Best British Short Stories, Thought X, SpindlesBeta-LifeMurmurations: an Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds , Still , Patricide, Shadows & Tall Trees,  Cabinet des FéesThe Adirondack Review, A capella Zoo and  Magpie Magazine. Two of my stories, 'Marionettes' and 'Into the Penny Arcade', are published as limited-edition chapbooks by Nightjar Press.

I'm currently a PhD student in design and computing, based in the HighWire CDT at Lancaster University. My research explores ways we can make environmental stories using different methods and materials, including digital technologies. I'm also writer-in-residence for Ensemble, an EPSRC-funded project investigating the role of digital technologies in understanding, mitigating and adapting to environmental change.

I'm passionate about fairy tales, folklore, short stories and science communication. I run workshops and activities, give talks and create projects that explore wonder and seek out the hidden extraordinary in the places we live. I work with children, families and adults of all ages in a wide variety of community and educational settings, encouraging them to make and share stories.

I trained as an actor at East 15 and have an MA in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University. I've worked as an editor, project manager, festival coordinator, family learning tutor and associate lecturer. I was co-founding editor of Paraxis and founding editor of New Fairy Tales

I live in Lancashire, England, with my two sons.

The inspiration for using 'Gathering Scraps' as a blog title comes from playwright August Strindberg's description of his characters as...

'conglomerations of past and present stages of civilization, bits from books and newspapers, scraps of humanity, rags and tatters of fine clothing, patched together as is the human soul'
This strikes me as a very good description for how writers work — patching bits and pieces together not just to make characters, but whole stories too.




Photo by Jonathan Bean at Beanphoto.