Born and brought up in Switzerland, Regi Claire now lives in Edinburgh with her husband - the writer Ron Butlin- and their golden retriever. Her mother tongue is Swiss German but she writes in English - her fourth language. She is the author of Inside~Outside (shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award), The Beauty Room (longlisted for the MIND Book of the Year Award) and Fighting It (introduction by Louise Welsh; shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year Award; longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize). Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, also in translation and on BBC Radio 4. She won the Edinburgh Review 10th Anniversary Short Story Competition, was a Cadenza prize winner, and has received Bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council, Pro Helvetia and Thurgau Lottery Foundation, as well as a UBS Cultural Foundation Award. Regi teaches creative writing at the National Gallery of Scotland and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University.
About writer's work
Much of my writing gives a voice to people on the fringes, people who don't quite belong, often catching them at crisis point. I have always been fascinated by the darker side of human existence, particularly the casualness with which we hurt each other and ourselves. I suppose the sense of not quite belonging reflects my own situation, living as I am between two countries and several languages. Even my mother tongue, Swiss German, is only a spoken, not usually a written language. Switzerland itself, of course, is a case in point: stuck in the middle of Europe, landlocked, politically independent (or should I say neutral?), it doesn't really belong either.
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Current events and projects
Readings, talks/Q&A sessions, and workshops. I’m flexible, a good communicator and experienced in dealing with all kinds of audiences.