My name is Claire and I’ve always been intrigued by monkeys. I was born in the Year of the Monkey, my favourite novel is called Monkey Grip, I once had a monkey thrown on to my shoulder in a market in Morocco and, of course, those playful chimps are our long lost ancestors… So, it really didn’t take much time for me to create a title for my blog. We’re all in the grip of a monkey really. Whether that is the grip of love, passion, addiction, frustration, regret. We’ve all felt that proverbial monkey on our shoulder or struggled to break free of its iron grasp.
I want to share my writing with others (I assure you it’s not all about monkeys…) and so this blog is my avenue to start doing so. There’ll be short story, essay, memoir and musings du jour and anything else that I’ve been thinking about of late. Joan Didion said: ‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live.’ For me, I write in order to live, to continue to understand my place in this world and feed that insatiable jungle dweller.