Claire Adam grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad – with regular visits to Ireland, where her mother's family is from. She did her undergraduate degree in Physics at Brown University in the U.S. and then spent a few years in Italy and Ireland before settling down in London. She did an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Kavanagh Award for an extract for her novel-in-progress. Since then, she's mainly been working on completing that novel, but she's also had a little bit of success with a few short stories. She won a place on the London Word Factory 2016 “Apprenticeship” scheme, and is now working, with mentor Jacob Ross, on developing a short story collection.