Claire Fuller didn't start doing any creative writing until she was forty. She began with short stories, then moved onto even shorter 100-word stories, and finally decided to do an MA in creative writing at her local university. It was on this course that she wrote her first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, which was bought by Penguin, and won a prize for debut novels. Since then she's written and had published two further books: Swimming Lessons, and Bitter Orange.
Claire's talk will cover why and how she started writing, the inspiration for her first novel, and how Penguin came to publish it. The audience might be particularly interested in her second novel, Swimming Lessons which is set in a fictionalised Studland, and features a fictionalised Swanage. Claire will talk about the inspiration behind this novel, and how she use the wonderful Dorset setting, including the pub, the shop, and a particular house in Studland.
She'll then go on to talk briefly about her most recently published novel, Bitter Orange, and what her plans are for the future. She will also cover her writing process, and will then answer questions about writing or getting published, from the audience.
Copies of Claire's novels will be for sale after her talk.