Claire has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, now translated into 14 languages, have won numerous awards. Walk the Blue Fields was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in The Guardian, 2010. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story.
Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.” Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster was elected by readers as the best story published that year in The New Yorker.
Claire has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents. She holds an MA and an M.Phil in Creative Writing and has taught creative writing on four continents.
“Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.” Hilary Mantel
“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work.” – The New York Times
“Every single word in the right place and pregnant with double meaning.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times
“Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read.” – Richard Ford