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    I'm a writer and researcher exploring the relationships between technologies, writing practice and the world around us. I'm particularly interested in how we can make and share stories that engage people with environmental issues and inspire a sense of wonder in everyday settings.

    My short stories are widely published in print and online and are included in Best British Short Stories (Salt, 2017, 2014 & 2011), Thought X (Comma Press, 2017), Spindles (Comma Press, 2015) and Beta-Life (Comma Press, 2015). Bremen, The UnwishMarionettes and Into the Penny Arcade are published as limited-edition chapbooks by Nightjar Press. My first collection, The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, was published by Unsettling Wonder in 2016. My stories often draw on fairy tales, folklore, myth and surrealism. My work has been anthologised, reprinted, translated and podcasted by a broad range of literary, horror and weird fiction publications. I've also developed a range of site-specific installations and performance work for festivals and large-scale arts events. 

    Before embarking on PhD research in Design and Computing at Lancaster University, I worked as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at MMU and UCLAN. Prior to this, I worked in industry for more than ten years, including roles as a bookseller, editor, literature festival coordinator, community workshop facilitator and project manager. 

    Alongside my position at Edge Hill and freelance writing, I’m currently writer-in-residence for Ensemble, a computing and environmental science project at Lancaster University.

    Research interests

    My current reserach interests include: digital storymaking, material writing practice, writing technologies, environmental science communication, story and placemaking, and transformation in short fiction.

    As part of my ongoing practice-as resreach, I have been making handmade digital wonder tales in repsonse to ecological themes. Many of these stories use sensors to respond to either the reader or the environment. Examples include Persephone’s Footsteps, a version of the Persephone myth that is altitude responsive – the listener can only hear the next part of the story if, like Persephone, they can reach higher ground; Detours from Lichen Cartography, an urban wonder tale that will only grow longer if you take it outside in daylight; and The Tide Jar, a short graphic story about flooding that is illuminated only at full and new moon, when the tide is highest.



    I lead undergraduate modules Building the World (WRI1014), Introduction to Non-fiction: True Stories, Well Told (WRI1022) and Writing Short Stories (WRI2024). I also teach on Advanced Fiction (WRI3022), Inside the Publishing Industry (WRI2020), Experiments (WRI3026) and on the Creative Writing MA.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Design and Computing, PhD, Lancaster University

    1 Sep 20151 Mar 2019

    Creative Writing, MA, Edge Hill University

    1 Oct 20091 Jun 2011

    Acting, BA, University of Essex

    1 Sep 19991 Jun 2002

    External positions

    Writer-in-residence, Ensemble, Lancaster University

    25 Jan 2017 → …


    • P Language and Literature
    • short stories
    • digital literature
    • writing practice
    • science communication
    • writing technologies
    • fairy tales

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where CLAIRE DEAN is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    museum Social Sciences
    inclusion Social Sciences
    fairy tale Social Sciences
    syllabus Social Sciences
    edition Social Sciences
    criticism Social Sciences
    university Social Sciences
    Short Story Arts & Humanities

    Research Output 2016 2020

    Leonora, Fly!

    DEAN, CLAIRE., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies . Cox, A., Hewison, J., Man, M. & Shannon, R. (eds.). New York: Vernon Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Short Story
    Leonora Carrington

    The Museum of Shadows and Reflections

    DEAN, CLAIRE., 24 Nov 2016, St Andrews/Wakefield: Papavaria Press. 116 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    fairy tale

    Activities 2019 2019

    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Storyhack Liverpool

    CLAIRE DEAN (Participant)
    23 Apr 201926 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Sea Homes

    CLAIRE DEAN (Speaker)
    18 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    We are riverish: writing at the threshold of city and river

    CLAIRE DEAN (Speaker)
    5 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk