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]

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