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portrait of Clare Allan

Clare Allan

Programme Director and Lecturer

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English

Contact Information


Visit Clare Allan

ALG07, College Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Clare Allan lectures on the MA Creative Writing (Novels) and the MA Creative Writing and Publishing.

Her first novel, Poppy Shakespeare was published by Bloomsbury in 2006, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Mind Book of the Year. It was also adapted into a BAFTA winning film. She is an award-winning short story writer and was the inaugural winner of the Orange short story prize in 2002.

She is a regular reviewer of fiction and has been writing a monthly column for The Guardian since 2006. She has written for most British newspapers as well as for the New York Times and has written and presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4.


Books (3)

  1. Allan, C. (2012). Poppy Shakespeare. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4088-3223-3.
  2. Allan, C. (2008). Poppy Shakespeare. ISBN 978-0-7475-9767-4.
  3. Allan, C. (2007). Poppy Shakespeare Roman. ISBN 978-3-89667-295-7.

Other Activities

Keynote lecture/speech

  1. Designing Fictional Worlds. Design in Mental Health Conference (2014).

Online articles (9)

  1. It's My Life: regular column. (2015). The Guardian Monthly column for the Guardian since 2006. The web address is
  2. Summerscapes: A Midsummer Day's Nightmare. (2006). The New York Times
  3. Trump may be many things but he is not a "nutter". (2018). The Guardian
  4. I've been sectioned under the Mental Health Act: A review won't fix the crisis. (2017). The Guardian
  5. We need action to address the mental health crisis, not more empty words. (2017). The Guardian
  6. 'Totally pawesome': at the three-legged dog convention. (2017). The Guardian
  7. If we hide our mental health issues, we make it easier for society to ignore us. (2017). The Guardian
  8. Young people's mental health services in the UK need cash, not empty promises. (2017). The Guardian
  9. Dad's final, defiant Christmas was the best ever. (2016). The Guardian

Radio programmes (4)

  1. Outlook Arts. BBC World Service
  2. On the Borderline. BBC Radio 4 A documentary on the controversial diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, written and presented by Clare Allan
  3. Nightwaves. BBC Radio 3
  4. Four Thought. BBC Radio 4 Liberation Through Lies, a recording of a lecture given by Clare Allan at the RSA

Television programme

  1. Poppy Shakespeare. Channel Four Television adaptation of the novel by Clare Allan