Clare Wigfall was born in Greenwich during the summer of 1976. She grew up in Berkeley and London. Her highly acclaimed debut short story collection, The Loudest Sound and Nothing, was published in 2007 by Faber & Faber.
The following year, she won the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also received the K Blundell Trust Award for an author whose work raises social consciousness, has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award, and was nominated by William Trevor for an E.M. Forster Award. In 2017 she was awarded a literature fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Currently lecturing at Bard College Berlin, she has taught creative writing for over a decade and holds an MA from UEA where she was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize. In 2011, her first children’s picture book Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua? was published by Walker Books.
Clare is at present working to complete her second story collection for Faber & Faber, after which she will be writing a novel set in colonial-era British Malaya, which will be loosely based on the experiences of her grandmother and great grandmother and which will explore themes of motherhood, childhood vulnerability, and the inter-generational impact of family secrets.
Having spent her twenties in Prague and another year in Edinburgh, Clare currently lives in Berlin with her husband and three daughters.