Professor Claire Squires
School of Arts and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
University of Stirling
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BA (York), MA (UEA), DPhil (Oxford)
Claire Squires joined the Department in 2009 as Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication. Previously she worked at Oxford Brookes University, where she was Programme Director for the MAs in Publishing. Her publishing career includes editorial and publicity roles at Hodder & Stoughton General Trade Division, and freelance and consultancy work for a variety of trade and academic publishers.
Claire’s research interests focus on the history of the book and publishing studies in the 20th and 21st centuries, both in the UK and globally. She is co-Volume Editor for the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Volume 7: 1914-2000 (CUP, in preparation), and is the Associate Editor with responsibility for the Twentieth Century Book in Britain for the Oxford Companion to the Book (OUP, 2010). She has particular interests in contemporary literary publishing, children’s books and publishing, literary prizes, and ghostwriting.
Her books and publications include Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain (Palgrave, 2007), books on Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith, and articles on the contemporary literary marketplace, book awards, and children’s publishing. She has frequently spoken about her work both in UK and elsewhere including, in recent years, as an invited speaker at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and at the Universities of Perm, Russia, Paris IV (Sorbonne) and Paris X (Paris-Ouest), and the University of Bologna, Italy. She has organised and contributed to public sessions and events at the Oxford Literary Festival, the London Book Fair, the Ljubljana Book Fair, and the Royal Festival Hall, London, and has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme.
From 2009, she has been Director for Publications and Awards for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing).
She would welcome research proposals from prospective PhD students in the area of publishing studies and the 20th/21st century print culture.