Clare Wigfall was born in Greenwich, London in 1976.  She spent her early childhood in Berkeley, California. Since graduating from Manchester University, she has lived in Prague, Granada, Norwich, Berlin, and now Edinburgh. She won the Curtis Brown UEA fellowship to study on the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing Master’s Programme.  Her work has been published in Prospect, New Writing 10, the Dublin Review, A Public Space, and Wigfall has also written for BBC Radio 4 and NPR Berlin. Her highly-acclaimed debut book of stories The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published in the UK by Faber & Faber in September 2007.  The collection’s opening story The Numbers was awarded the 2008 BBC National Short Story Award and she was later nominated by William Trevor for the 2009 E.M. Forster Award.  Most recently, she received the K Blundell Trust Award for a young writer whose work enhances social consciousness, and was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award.  Clare is currently  writer-in-residence for Booktrust and is working on a new story collection while awaiting the publication of a children’s picture-book ‘Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua?’ (Walker Books).