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Claire Malcolm


Claire is the founding Chief Executive of New Writing North, the writing and reading development agency for the North of England. New Writing North won Creative Business of the Year at the 2019 North East Business Awards.

She oversees flagship projects such as the Gordon Burn Prize, the Northern Writers’ Awards, Durham Book Festival and the David Cohen Prize for Literature (“the UK Nobel”) and the organisation’s award-winning work with young people. She is editorial director of NWN’s publishing programmes, which span fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels and leads the commissioning of original podcasts and films at NWN including the recent Rich Seams poetry series created with Andrew McMillan.

Each year Claire works directly with a wide range of writers and artists to develop, commission, publish and produce projects. Current international partnership work is focused on long-term partnerships with partners in Sweden and Jordan. She writes a regular column for the industry newsletter BookBrunch and often speaks at writing and cultural conferences and events. She is a regular literary event host for festivals, theatres and bookshops and has interviewed writers from Irvine Welsh to Pat Barker.

She leads the company’s many external partnerships with Higher Education (including with Northumbria University and Durham University) and with business with partners such as Penguin Random House, Faber and Faber, Hachette and Channel 4.

Claire is a trustee of the literary charity, BookTrust and the Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear. She is also a board member of the North East Cultural Partnership. In 2019 she was shortlisted by the Institute of Directors as a Director of the Year for her work in the charity sector.

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