About Aifric

 Writing is an act of confidence - Aifric in Gierik, Dutch literary journal, December 2014 

cover125_0I came to Brussels to start my fourth novel. In fact I came to write it – to “get black on white”. I am always dishing out Hemingway’s blunt advice to my students because it’s true: without text there is nothing, there is just the idea in your head. For the past year I’ve been working on three different ideas, filling up little blue moleskins, A4 softbacks in different colours, scraps of papers on my bedside table, notes on my iPhone, my desktop screen has become wall of WORK IN PROGRESS folders. This is a crisis of procrastination, extended by real-life loss and sadness in the last 18 months… DOWNLOAD pdf 

Scientists outshine arts students with experiments in creative writing: Aifric in the Guardian on teaching at Imperial College November 6 2014

With no publication angst and a killer work ethic, science students easily match their peers in the humanities in the art of creative writing. It even makes them better scientists, writes novelist and teacher Aifric Campbell…

“Stop being a woman” Aifric’s 18 point guide on how to do business – Irish Times Oct  2014 

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, senior female executives are failing “to assert themselves in high-level meetings”. Their voices are “ignored or drowned out”, they “struggle to find a way into the conversation” and are “uncomfortable with conflict”. High-level meetings provide valuable face time with senior management and a chance to establish yourself as one to watch. So why do many women founder?  A failure to prepare and practice, says investment banker-turned-writer Aifric Campbell Download pdf 

On the Floor long listed for the Orange Prize 2012

What the critics are saying: ..the smartest financial novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, and the first with a fully drawn female heroine – Frank Partnoy/ Campbell delivers a “Back to the Future” tour of a workplace long before Sheryl Sandberg was telling women how to lean in at the office – Washington Post/.. brilliantly combine[s] the best elements of the modern financial thriller and the nineteenth-century coming-of-age story to create a commanding work of fiction—Stephen Amidon / It’s that rare work of fiction in which the financial world functions as more than a mere backdrop – Bloomberg / Campbell, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley, punctures the seamy darkness of banking with acute observations – Publishers Weekly / Of all the contemporary heroines, Geri Molloy might be the most badass. Watch out, Lisbeth Salander. —Marie Claire / Part of what makes Irish author Aifric Campbell’s [On the Floor] work is her refusal to pity her characters… Her tough-talking, irreverent prose engenders an updated take on the Wall Street morality tale. —The Daily Beast

Aifric_Campbell_cred_(c)_An-Sofie_KesteleynAifric spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley where she became Managing Director on the London trading floor. Her first novel, The Semantics of Murder (2008) was inspired by an unsolved murder of a brilliant mathematician in LA. The Loss Adjustor (2010) tells the story of a woman who is haunted by the loss of her childhood friends. Short fiction:  New Irish Short Stories (2011), The Book of Men and the Irish Times. FILM: C.K., (2012)  inspired by the real life case of an Amsterdam accountant who embezzled 16mill euros and disappeared.

“An appetite for risk is key to success.”

Aifric speaks at the Global Economics Forum 2013 


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LSE_logoHow do you tell stories about financial markets? Aifric speaks at London School of Economics Feb 2013

TV special: Aifric on life, work and what women want WATCH

Aifric grew up in Dublin and moved to Sweden where she read Linguistics and lectured in Semantics at the University of Gothenburg. After 14 years in investment banking she decided to focus on the fiction she’d been writing since childhood. She received her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2007 where she has also lectured. Her writing has won awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a Thayer Fellowship at UCLA and various writing residences at Yaddo in New York. Aifric teaches at Imperial College, London and has previously taught at the University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, The Irish Times, ELLE, Tatler, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Business Post. She lives in the UK. 

Watch TV Interview with Wim Brands, leading Dutch arts prog boeken-13-05-2012

Aifric on BBC R4 TODAY:  Does finance make good fiction?

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