About me


Hi, I am Claire (C.L.Bell), an essayist, journalist and author who lives between South Africa (my home country) and Scotland (my husband’s home).

I have written for most UK national newspapers and Time magazine, and was long-listed for the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize 2017. My book, Lost Where We Belong, was published in 2018. You can buy it on Amazon.  I am represented by literary agency Watson Little.

I have a Masters degree in philosophy and writes mostly on issues of identity and social politics. I also do investigative research and trends analysis for investment firms.

In my spare time, I co-run Consciousness Café – a South African dialogue collective which brings South Africans together to talk honestly about the racial, spiritual, relational, cultural and political issues affecting their lives. You can connect with us on Facebook

The views on this blog do not represent Consciousness Café. Most of the time they do not even represent me. I am a work in progress. As are we all.

You can contact me at clairest.bell@gmail.com