Prof Claire Squires
Person photo Professor in Publishing Studies
English Studies

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Pathfoot B9
University of Stirling
United Kingdom

Phone: 01786 467505

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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.

Research Interests:

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.

Employment History:
Professor in Publishing Studies
English Studies
Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Activities :
Education: BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature
Department of English and Related Literature
01/10/1991 - 01/07/1994
Education: MA in Modern Literature: Studies in Fiction
School of English and American Studies
01/10/1994 - 01/09/1995
Education: DPhil in Fiction in the Marketplace: the Literary Novel and the UK Publishing Industry 1990-2000
Faculty of English Language and Literature
01/10/1998 - 31/12/2002
Education: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education
01/01/2003 - 30/09/2004
Divisional/School Contribution: Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication
Divisional/School Contribution: Chair of the Board, AHRC Block Grant Partnership: Capacity Building (with the University of Strathclyde)
Supervision of Research Assistants: Dr Susan Berridge
01/12/2012 - 31/12/2013
Other merit: Director of Publications and Awards, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
Examining: MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries
School of Management
Examining: MSc in Material Cultures and the History of the Book
Department of English Literature