Clare Dudman was born in North Wales and educated at Leicestershire
comprehensive schools, the University of Durham and King’s
College London. She has a PhD in Chemistry and has worked
as a postdoctoral Research Associate in UMIST, a development
scientist in industry, a science teacher, a lecturer and
as a creative writing tutor for the WEA and the MA in creative
writing at University College Chester. She is a member
of the Welsh Academy. She is now an editor with the Writers Workshop and also frequently gives talks about her research, writes articles for websites, magazines and newspapers and generally spends far too much time updating her blog 'Keeper of the Snails'.
In 1995 her children’s novel EDGE OF DANGER won the
Kathleen Fidler award and in 2001 an excerpt from WEGENER’S
JIGSAW won an Arts Council of England Writers award. This
enabled her to travel to north west Greenland, Denmark and
Germany to research for the novel.
glacier near Uummannaq, north west Greenland 2001:
the site of Alfred Wegener's final expedition onto
the ice sheet.
Her research for 98 REASONS FOR BEING involved several
visits to Frankfurt, a journey to Heidelberg and some interesting
excursions to local medical establishments in the UK for
an in-depth examination of leeches and old operating theatres.
To research for her novel A PLACE OF MEADOWS AND TALL TREES she travelled across the Patagonian desert in a bus, and then took 'The Old Patagonian Express' in the Andes. Along the way she interviewed the descendants of Welsh settlers who came here in 1865. Other research for this novel included intensive courses in Welsh and shamanism.
WEGENER'S JIGSAW and 98 REASONS FOR BEING is published by Sceptre in the UK and Viking in the US. ONE DAY THE ICE WILL REVEAL ALL ITS DEAD (American version of WEGENER'S JIGSAW) is also available as an audiobook in the US read by Christopher Lane. 98 REASONS FOR BEING is also available in Dutch (98 REDENEN OM TE ZIJN, Ambo Anthos), and WEGENER'S JIGSAW will be available in German (WEGENERS LAUBSÄGE, Dielmann) 2009.
A PLACE OF MEADOWS AND TALL TREES will be published by Seren in 2009 or 2010.
Essay on Lablit The Transition from
Scientist to Novelist and the Scientist as Novelist.
Paper - Proceedings of Bath Royal Literary and
Scientific Institution - The life and Work
of Alfred Wegener.
Mercian Geologist Vol 16 part 1 with Article on Alfred
Article on using the life of Alfred Wegener in the classroom
in Times Educational Supplement. Life-Changing Wanderer
Short Story: The Dreadful Tale Of Harriet and the
Matches in Prize Flights edited by Ashley Chandler (Chester Academic
Short Story: Der Kinderfresser in Dark Tales
Interview with the award-winning author Jeff Vandermeer on his blogsite
Interview with Jenni Murray on BBC
Radio 4 Women’s
Interview with Robin Dougherty in the Boston
Bookmunch Review of 98 Reasosn For Being by 'Stoop'
Review of One Day by Jeff Vandemeer Best of 2004 Locus
Review of One Day the Ice at Books For a Buck by Jennifer
Review of One Day the Ice at One Book at Best
Sellers and Beyond by Charles King.
Review of 98 Reasons For Being at JBooks.com by Yael Goldstein
98 Reasons For Being mentioned in feature on Disease of
the Week, Literary-Style in The Book Standard by The Book
Babes: Ellen Heltzel & Margo Hammond.
Review of 98 Reasons for Being on Mumpsimus by Matthew