Claire Hynes was awarded an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA, following a career in the Creative Industries as a news editor for The Voice newspaper, a writer for national newspapers and a BBC television producer.
Her fiction includes ‘In Her Hair,’ which was listed for the Bath Short Story Award and published in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology (2014), and Assorted Biscuits,’ published in Tangled Roots Anthology (2015). Her monologue ‘Welcome to the Freak Show,’ was performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester (2016), and her monologue ‘How It Feels…’ was performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester (2017). Her creative non-fiction piece, ‘How It Feels to Be, Black Person Me,’ is to be published in the Lighthouse literary journal. Her current writing project explores Virginia Woolf’s essay, A Room of One’s Own and the work of Zora Neale Hurston. Claire contributes Opinion pieces to The Guardian and she has won Creative Industry awards including a George Viner Memorial Award for Journalism.