Claire ChristianAuthor | Director | Playwright

Claire Christian is a writer, blogger, podcaster, and theatre maker from Queensland, Australia. Her debut young adult novel, Beautiful Mess, won the Text Publishing Prize in 2016 and was published in 2017 through Text Publishing.

Claire made her professional stage directing debut with Single Asian Female at La Boite Theatre, which received a 5-star review from The GuardianSingle Asian Female had a successful run at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre in early 2018, and returned to La Boite and the Melbourne Arts Centre in 2019. 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.’ In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Griffin Theatre Award, and was selected to study at the Royal Court Theatre in their Young Writers Program. In 2014, Claire co-produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Hedonism’s Second Album, which premiered at La Boite Indie and was published by Playlab.

Claire is a passionate development facilitator of youth arts and community culture, and has written, directed, and produced projects and productions with organisations across Australia. For a full CV please contact

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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]

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