About

Claire Prentice is a freelance journalist, editor and writer. Her work has appeared in media outlets across the globe including the BBC, The Times, The Washington Post, The Smithsonian Magazine, HuffPost, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Scotsman, Grazia, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. 

She hosted the BBC radio documentary Life Under Glass, which was also broadcast on NPR, The World Service, and ABC in Australia. She has appeared as a guest contributor on news, current affairs and culture shows on BBC radio and on WNYC’s The Takeway and WBUR’s The World.

She is the author of two non-fictions works, The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off The Spectacle of the Century; and Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine.

Prentice researched and presented Operation Ice Pick, a podcast about Dr. Walter Freeman, America’s most prolific lobotomist who was given free reign of the country’s hospitals in a bid to subdue the most seriously mentally ill members of society at a time when there was little that could be done to help them.

Prentice has won fellowships and awards including residencies at La Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes (France), Virginia Humanities (Charlottesville, VA), and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing (France). She is from Scotland and is currently working on her next book, Curse of Riches.