Clare Sandling (cropped)
Clare Sandling
Clare Sandling is a writer, mum and early years policymaker, and sometimes an interesting mixture of all three. She works three days per week in a jobshare as Early Years Policy Lead for the Department of Health. Clare has a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Leeds and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, and has spent time living in New York and Brussels.

Her children's book 'The Game' was shortlisted for a Macmillan Publishing prize for new writers in 2013. She is a descendant of the Pre Raphaelite model, Lizzie Siddal, and is working on a novel for adults, 'The House of Seven Secrets', inspired by her life and drawing on her own recent experience of cancer treatment. Clare is 36 years old and lives in Kensal Rise, North West London with her husband and four year old son.
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