Claire Corbett is a novelist, university lecturer, PhD student and was formerly a senior government policy adviser. She has used diaries, journals, project notebooks, appointment and work diaries in every form all her life. Her first novel, When We Have Wings, was published in 2011 by Allen & Unwin and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Recent fiction and essays have been published in Best Australian Stories 2014 & 2015, Griffith Review, Southerly and Overland. She has written on defence and strategy for The Diplomat, The Strategist and The Monthly. Her second novel, Watch Over Me, was published by Allen & Unwin in May 2017. She has taught Master Classes in writing with Thomas Keneally at the SMSA and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she has won an award for outstanding teaching. She is also teaching the Varuna Focus Week on the Novel this year.