Claire Tham



Claire Tham is an award winning author and law graduate from Oxford University. 

When she was 17, Claire’s short stories Facist Rock and Homecoming won the second prize in the 1984 National Short Story Writing Competition. The two stories would later become part of her first short story collection, Facist Rock: Stories of Rebellion, which was published in 1990 and won the National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Commendation Award for fiction in 1992.

She went on to write 2 more short story collections, Saving the Rainforest and other Stories (1993), which won the Highly Commended Award (Fiction) from NBDCS in 1994, and The Gunpowder Trail and other Stories (2003). She has won 2 Golden Point Awards for her short stories, The Gunpowder Trail and Driving Sideways.

In addition to her short stories, Claire has also written two novels, Skimming (1999) and The Inlet (2013), with the latter being shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize (English Fiction). 

Her short story, Lee from Facist Rock: Stories of Rebellion was adapted by MediaCorp for their television series, AlterAsians. Two other stories from The Gunpowder Trail and other Stories, The Gunpowder Trail and The Judge have been adapted for stage, with The Judge also being included alongside 11 other stories in a collection titled Here and Beyond: 12 Stories, which has since been prescribed as O’level text.

Outside of writing, Claire has contributed several literary reviews for The Straits Times. Currently, she serves as partner in a local law firm.

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