Claire ChristianAuthor | Director | Playwright

Claire Christian is a storyteller. A writer, theatre maker and facilitator from Queensland, Australia.

Her debut young adult novel, Beautiful Mess – a raw, funny and truthful take on grief, loss and first love, won the Text Publishing Prize in 2016. Claire is currently working on a screen adaptation of the novel.

Most recently Claire’s second novel, It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake, an adult contemporary romance was published by Text Publishing and has been released in Australia and America and is due to be released in the UK later this year. Her second adult contemporary fiction will be published in 2022.

As a playwright, Claire has been recognised both nationally and internationally. Her commissioned work Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, debuted at LaBoite Theatre in 2018. Claire likes to think of Lysa as ‘…an affirmation to women, and anyone who identifies as other, and a love letter to young men.’ The play received rave reviews for its thoughtful, powerful and honest portrayal of characters speaking to the current climate of ‘Times Up’. She is currently working on a screen adaptation.

Her plays Talking To Brick Walls, The Landmine is Me, Lysa and The Freeborn Dames and Hedonisms Second Album, which she co-wrote and co-produced with David Burton and premiered at La Boite Indie in 2014, are all published by Playlab.

Claire is a passionate youth arts and community arts facilitator, and has written, directed, produced and facilitated projects with organisations across Australia.

Claire has a number of projects in development.

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Books & Plays

  • Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab.
  • Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.
  • The winner of the 2016 Text Prize, Beautiful Mess is funny and sad and a bit screwed up and romantic and absolutely real. In other words, a lot like life.
  • Shortlisted, The Readings Young Adult Book Prize, 2018
  • Longlisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Gold Inky Award—Australian Titles, 2018
  • Longlisted, Indie Book Award for Young Adult, 2018
  • Shortlisted, ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+), 2018
  • Shortlisted, ABDA Best Designed YA Cover: Imogen Stubbs, 2018
  • Winner, Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing, 2016
  • Published by Text Publishing [To purchase, go to Publisher]

In a music studio in surburban Brisbane four men gather in an attempt to build upon a surprisingly successful first album. Newly clean, front man Gareth is losing his cool. Lead guitarist Chimney has got cold feet. Bass player Michael is keeping secrets and Sumo, the drummer, has vanished. Meet Hedonism.

Hedonism have rocketed from pub gigs to support acts, international tours and brand management. It’s a whole new world. They’ve been given a license to drink, be rockstars and live, well, hedonistically. They’ve been give permission to never grow up, as long as they record their second album.

After an all-weekend bender involving under-age girls, bikies, racial slurs on YouTube and a wombat from Australia Zoo, record label exec Phil is sent in to pull the boys into line and prevent the looming PR disaster. During the testosterone-fueled fallout, closely-guarded secrets are laid bare and friendships tested.

The Land Mine is Me is a comic and contemporary take on the life of an adolescent. The school has been evacuated and we meet the misfits, the perfectionists, the drama queens and the socially awkward. More than an angst riddled exploration of “teenage issues”, The Land Mine is Me asks the audience to consider, how far do you have to push before someone explodes?


Lysa and the Freeborn Dames addresses ideas of legacy, young people making their politics active, and navigating the difficult space of young adulthood, beginning to push back against what you know or have been taught.

Lysa King is nineteen and angry. After spending a year away from her small town, experiencing a powerful uprising of her own political voice, and the protests of women all over the world, Lysa has returned to discover that revolution seems to be happening everywhere but home.

Her arrival coincides with the biggest weekend on the annual calendar, the War Weekender, a weekend-long celebration of the town’s most prized citizens, the local footy team. Unable to stay silent, Lysa decides it’s time to ensure that her voice is heard, and armed with a flag, a manifesto, and the key to the footy club’s change rooms she plans to bring revolution about by any means necessary.

Inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Claire Christian lands us in the present with this hilarious, messy, and glitter-filled response to the power of women globally.

Hey! We need to talk! And we’ve needed to talk for over 8000 years. Talking to Brick Walls is a hybrid verbatim piece exploring adolescent and parent relationships. It was co-created be eleven young artists alongside facilitators Claire Christian and Ari Palani over a period of three and a half months. This is the conversation they wanted to have. The story the wanted to tell. The show they wanted to make.

Noni Blake knows she wants more: more adventures, more joy, more romance, more orgasms, more pleasure…more everything. Now she just has to figure out how to get it.

Noni didn’t expect to be starting over at the age of thirty-six. But eighteen months after the end of her long-term relationship, she decides it’s time to start living her life again.

While an encounter with a sexy firefighter is a welcome entry back into the dating world, Noni soon realises she’s looking for more than just a series of brief, pleasurable encounters. She’s looking for more pleasure in, well, everything.

That’s how she finds herself travelling to Europe to track down the one that got away: the alluring, elusive Molly. But Europe may have other surprises in store…

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