About the author

Paige Clark

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Judges' report

Sometimes a new literary voice seems to spring almost fully-formed onto the page, and this is the case with writer, researcher, and teacher Paige Clark, in her arresting and confident debut collection. Featuring an array of protagonists who are almost all women caught in moments of unease, uncertainty and transformation, Clark’s assured, inventive voice never wavers as she moves across eclectic, strange, and sometimes surreal subject matter.

From the opening story which crackles with mordant wit and urgency as a pregnant woman makes breakneck bargains with a smug, unpredictable God about her unborn baby, to the nuanced ‘Times I’ve Wanted to be You’ where a newly-widowed woman begins to wear her deceased partner’s clothes in an attempt to deal with grief over his loss, Clark expertly threads together fractured lines of intergenerational, transnational, and diasporic identity, as well as satirical takes on the flattening coldness of bureaucracy and the minefields of mother-daughter relationships, and female friendships.

If this is what she can do with her debut work, we can’t wait to see what she writes next.


Further reading


“Every story reads like a thought experiment, or a fragment of self; hyperreal, philosophical, and rich in non-generic symbolism.” – Nanci Nott, ArtsHub

“Clark’s conversational and comic approach to emotionally charged subjects and to subconscious fears and desires is more affecting than one might expect, and more entertaining.” – Francesca Sasnaitis, Australian Book Review

“Paige Clark’s debut collection She is Haunted might just be one of the best books of the year.” – Emily Paull, The AU Review


Read ‘My husband finished his album from hospital. His death taught me how to live’ by Paige Clark in The Guardian

Read ‘5 Questions with Paige Clark’ via Liminal Mag

Watch Paige Clark discuss She Is Haunted  via Avid Reader Bookshop

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