Claire Squires joined Stirling in 2009 as Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, having previously worked at Oxford Brookes University. 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.
She has frequently spoken about her work both in UK and elsewhere including, in recent years, as an invited speaker at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and at the Universities of Perm, Russia, Paris IV (Sorbonne) and Paris X (Paris-Ouest), and the University of Bologna, Italy. She has organised and contributed to public sessions and events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write!, Oxford Literary Festival, the London Book Fair, the Ljubljana Book Fair, and the Royal Festival Hall, London, and has contributed to media reports on publishing, including for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4's Open Book and You and Yours, and for The Scotsman, the FInancial Times, and the Daily Record. From 2009, she has been Director for Publications and Awards for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing). She is a judge for the Saltire Society Literary Awards and the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award.
She welcomes research proposals from prospective PhD students in the area of publishing studies and the 20th/21st century book cultures.
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, and ghostwriting.
Her books and publications include Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain, books on Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith, and articles on the contemporary literary marketplace, book awards, and children's publishing.