Clare Wigfall's highly-acclaimed debut book of stories The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published in the UK in September 2007. The collection's opening story The Numbers was awarded the 2008 BBC National Short Story Award and she was later nominated by William Trevor for the 2009 E M Forster Award.
She also received the K Blundell Trust Award for a writer under 40 whose work enhances social consciousness, and was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her piece was taken from a new collection that she was working on for Faber, together with a novel set in British Malaya in the early half of the last century. Meanwhile, she also published her first children's picture-book Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua? Clare was previously the BookTrust Writer in Residence.