Clare Dudman


Clare's first novel was for children: EDGE OF DANGER which won the Kathleen Fidler award. Her second novel was for adults WEGENER'S JIGSAW which is a fictional autobiography based on the life of revolutionary scientist and arctic explorer Alfred Wegener and won an Arts Council of England writers'  award. Her third novel is called 98 REASONS FOR BEING and depicts a fictional encounter of an early psychiatrist with his patient in a mental asylum. Both novels for adults are published by Viking in the US and the first was made into an audiobook. She is very happy to give illustrated talks about the research and writing of these books as well as lead workshops on related topics.



Literary (Historical) Fiction

Publications & Performance History

EDGE OF DANGER (Penguin 1995) WEGENER'S JIGSAW (Hodder and Stoughton 2003) 98 REASONS FOR BEING (Hodder and Stoughton 2004) A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees (Seren 2010)

Workshop & Reading Experience

Extensive experience as a tutor for the WEA, a teacher in a secondary school, a lecturer in an FE colllege and a university lecturer in creative writing to BA and MA students. Has also given over 30 talks and works shops to LitFests, libraries and societies around the country about her research and writing.


Bethan M. Hughes, Library Adviser, Denbighshire Library Service, 46 Stryd Clwyd, Rhuthun, LL15 1HP Claire Cartlidge, Principal Librarian North Shrophire,Shropshire County Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND Jenny Newman, Reader, School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, Dean Walters Building, Redmond Close, Blackburne Place, Liverpool.

Group size preference

Any -workshop 15 max

Group age preference

Post 16

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Most areas in NW.

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