Clare Morgan is an author, academic and literary critic. She is founder and director of Oxford University’s graduate programme in creative writing which has, in the twelve years since its inception, come to be recognized as among the top creative writing programmes offered globally.
Her latest novel, A Book for All and None (Weidenfeld and Nicholson), was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best Novel award, and was described as ‘a spell-binding, effortlessly propulsive unity’ by the Independent; ‘written with eloquence and artistry’ by the Mail on Sunday; and ‘too tantalizing to resist’ by Time Out. She has published a collection of stories, An Affair of the Heart, and her short fiction been widely anthologized, most recently in the Library of Wales Story (2015), and has been commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
Clare gained her MPhil and DPhil from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, where she worked with Rose Tremain and Malcolm Bradbury. Her work was chosen to appear in the anthology Class Work: Best of the Past Twentyfive Years (ed. Bradbury & Tremain). She is a member of Oxford University’s English Faculty and a Fellow of Kellogg College, and has taught in Oxford since 1995, initially at Brasenose College and later at Christ Church. She is Director of the Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing, where she is convenor of a popular seminar series.
She has fulfilled a number of public roles in relation to her writing and teaching. She is former Chair of the Literature Bursaries Panel of the Arts Council of Wales, and Literary Mentor for Southern Arts and Literature Wales. She has been engaged as a literary assessor for publications funded by the Welsh Books Council. She is currently Academician, Folio Academy (the body responsible for first line selection of titles for the Folio Prize).
In 2001 she was commissioned by the global business consultancy leader, The Boston Consulting Group, to investigate the relation between poetry and business. Her book, What Poetry Brings to Business was published by University of Michigan Press (2010). Dana Gioia, former Chair of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, described the book thus: “At last there is a book that explores the deep but unexpected connections between business and poetry. Clare Morgan demonstrates how the creative energy, emotional power and communicative complexity of poetry relate directly to the practical needs for innovation and problem solving that face business managers.’