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Claire Carroll & Naomi Wood — The Unreliable Nature Writer

July 11 - 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us on Thursday 11th July (please do note the later than usual timing of this event!) when we welcome Claire Carroll the shop to discuss her eagerly-awaited debut The Unreliable Nature Writer — a collection of linked short stories that examine the interconnection of climate anxiety, surviving late capitalism and dealing with personal loss. 

Exhilarating. Macabre. Dreamy. Claire Carroll’s short stories have been shortlisted for The White Review Prize and have won the Short Fiction Wild Writing Prize. Portraying an unsettlingly hot, vaguely familiar world of humans facing the strain of intimate and global anxieties — trying to live alongside new technologies, failing environments and unknowable natural crises — Claire’s haunting writing is delightful to read yet unsettling to imagine. Expect tales about love, loss, strangely-exposing housing applications and cows…

Claire will be in conversation with another extraordinary short story writer, Naomi Wood. After their chat, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions — and get copies of Claire’s book signed!

Before this event, Claire is running a ‘Writing Our Futures’ workshop in the shop.  You can find out more about that separate event here.

Claire Carroll lives in Somerset, UK, and writes experimental fiction about the intersection of nature, technology, and desire. She is also a PhD researcher at Bath Spa and Exeter Universities, where she explores how experimental writing — particularly short stories and prose-poetry — can reimagine how humans relate to the natural and non-human world. Claire short stories and poetry have been published by journals including Gutter Magazine, perverse, Lunate Journal, The Oxonian Review, and Short Fiction Journal. In 2021, her short story My Brain is Boiling with Ideas was shortlisted for The White Review’s Short Story Prize, and her short story Cephalopod was the recipient of the Essex University & Short Fiction Journal Wild Writing Prize.

Naomi Wood is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning short story writer and novelist who often works in historical settings and with a biographical angle. Her second novel, Mrs. Hemingway, is a fictional exploration of the lives of Hemingway’s four wives; her third novel, The Hiding Game, explores the artists and their milieu during the German Bauhaus from 1923-33. Her fourth book, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is a collection of short stories focusing on contemporary motherhood, often during the pandemic.

Claire Carroll — The Unreliable Nature Writer
Thursday 11th July
The Book Hive, Norwich
7:15pm doors for a 7:30pm start
FREE (suggested donation of £2 to cover refreshments)


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July 11
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Book Hive
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