Claire Squires joined Stirling in 2009 as Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication. Her publishing career includes editorial and publicity roles at Hodder & Stoughton General Trade Division, and freelance and consultancy work for a variety of trade and academic publishers.
Claire's research interests focus on the history of the book and publishing studies in the 20th and 21st centuries, both in the UK and globally. She has particular interests in contemporary literary publishing, children's books and publishing, digital publishing, literary prizes and book festivals, ghostwriting and small nations publishing. Her books and publications include Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain, books on Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith, and articles on a variety of aspects of the contemporary literary marketplace.
She is Director for Publications and Awards for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing). She has been a judge for the Saltire Society Literary Awards (2010-2014), and is a current judge for the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award (2013-). In 2015, she was given a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for a teen novel-in-progress set in early 20th century Glasgow.