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Claire Fuller discusses going from sculpting and marketing to being published author in Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature appearance

Lower Sixth student Catherine Milnes reviews author Claire Fuller's talk at the Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature...

Author Claire Fuller sat down with Bill Borrows, renowned broadcaster and columnist, to talk about her new novel Unsettled Ground, which comes out on March 25.

Having started her career in writing later in life, after a degree in sculpting and a job in marketing, Fuller's success is an exciting surprise – even to her!

The writer, who has also penned Our Endless Numbered Days and Bitter Orange, detailed how a short-story slam contest led to her writing a novel over a two-year course in creative writing.

Claire Fuller (44410578)
Claire Fuller (44410578)

This was followed swiftly by agreeing a deal with Penguin Publishing and, almost overnight, her childhood love of reading became a career.

Fuller and Borrows' shared interest in music allowed for a brilliant discussion of writing playlists; Fuller explained her way of listening to playlists on repeat, even going so far as to drive her household crazy by playing the same two songs over and over during the two years of writing her latest novel. She ultimately explained how doing so kicked procrastination to the kerb.

Her story about becoming an author was inspiring as she told the audience that we all have a story to tell – the only thing we need is the tenacity and the drive to turn that small idea into a novel.

Reviewer Catherine Milnes (44410562)
Reviewer Catherine Milnes (44410562)

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