Managing Director & Literary Agent
Clare has been working with Darley Anderson since 2011. Her clients have been Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers, Irish Book Award winners, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, been picked as Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month, shortlisted for the Branford Boase, nominated and longlisted for the Carnegie, to name a few, with many titles adapted for or in development for the screen.
Before joining Darley Anderson, Clare proof-listened to audio books, got an MA in Creative Writing, coached international students, worked as a research assistant, assisted at a specialist non-fiction agency, waitressed and bartended for years, cherry-picked for months in Gumeracha, and worked for one night in a casino emptying ashtrays.
It took her a while to find her career forever-home, but now she has, Clare can’t imagine ever doing anything else.
Working closely with her clients, Clare is in it for the long term, guiding and championing her authors through the whole publishing process and the ever-changing world of children’s books. Editorially, she loves creative discussions and developing ideas as well as the satisfying polish of a last line edit before a manuscript goes out on submission.
Representing everything from picture books right through to YA and a boutique list of adult fiction, Clare has wide and varied taste but is always led by and looking for standout voices and characters.
Clare is passionate about inclusivity and is always keen to read submissions from under-represented writers.