Clare Fisher


I am a full time practice-led PhD researcher at the School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. My project investigates how and how far contemporary writers can employ failure as a productive mode of creative enquiry. Funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, the project adopts an iterative praxis which, through the interplay of creative and critical methodologies, both 'thinks' and 'feels' failure in creative writing.

My project builds on my existing practice as a professional writer. My first novel, All the Good Things (Viking, Penguin, 2017) won a Betty Trask Award and my short story collection, How the Light Gets In (Influx Press, 2018) was longlisted for the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize. I've also taken part in interdisciplinary arts projects such as Leeds Light Night (2014) and Leeds University's Creative Labs (2017-18). Alongside my PhD, I am an Associate Lecturer on the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a freelance creative writing teacher. 

Research interests

  • Creative Writing
  • Contemporary Literature 
  • Affect Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Creative Practice as Research 
  • Women's Writing
  • Interdisciplinary arts projects 
  • Experimental writing 


  • MA in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA in History, University of Oxford