Regi Claire is an award-winning writer of literary fiction. She has published two novels, The Beauty Room (Polygon, 2002) and The Waiting (Word Power, 2012), and two story collections, Inside–Outside (Scottish Cultural Press, 1998) and Fighting It (Two Ravens, 2009), both shortlisted for a Saltire Scottish book of the year award. Her stories have won prizes in several competitions, been chosen for the Guardian’s radio ‘Pick of the Day’ and selected for The Best British Short Stories 2013 (Salt Publishing).
Having grown up in Switzerland before moving to Scotland in 1993 (English is her fourth language), Regi Claire is keenly aware of her ‘in-between-ness’, and this is a force field she tries to explore. Her work is characterised by elements of suspense and the uncanny, often giving voice to misfits, to people who don’t quite belong, people at crisis point. As a national from a country with no lingua franca, atranslator, former Tefl teacher and ex-PhD student of English literature, Regi Claire is passionate about language and the power of words, their use and misuse, and their occasional abuse. She is a strong advocate of freedom of expression and has been a member of Scottish Pen’s writers-in-prison group since 2012.
Regi Claire teaches creative writing at the National Gallery of Scotland. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband, the writer Ron Butlin (the Scottish half of performance duo McSwiss), and their golden retriever. Her future projects are leaning towards the surreal, the supernatural and the thriller genre.