Shooting the Past is a new program hosted by Clare Wright which looks at Australian history through a new lens. It begins on Friday September 1 at 1.30 pm on ABC Radio National. It will also be available as a podcast. Follow this link for more details.

Clare is currently writing and presenting an exciting new History series for Radio National, to be broadcast in the second half of 2017. Stay tuned for updates!

Tom Keneally and Geoffrey Blainey chat with Clare Wright on The Conversation Hour.

Check out the video wrap up of Breakthrough!

Clare speaks about the new Victoria Gallery at the State Library of Victoria.

Read a Q&A with Clare about being an academic historian.

Clare will be giving the opening keynote address at the Breakthrough16 symposium at the Melbourne Town Hall on 25 November. Breakthrough is billed as “a new gender equality event in Melbourne bringing big ideas, leading thinkers and passionate change-makers to the fore”. Other speakers include Tara Moss, Anne Summers, Tanya Plibersek, Judith Lucy, Fiona Stanley, Marian Baird, Celeste Liddle, Michael Flood, Richard Denniss, Kate Jenkins, Josh Bornstein, Leigh Sales, Nova Peris, Rosie Batty, Mary Wooldridge and many other prominent Australians. The closing keynote is being delivered by actor and activist Rachel Griffiths. For further details on Breakthrough16, see here:

Clare will speak about writing Creative Non-Fiction on a panel with Ramona Koval and Kate Holden, chaired by Lee Kofman, at The Wheeler Centre, Monday 7 November, 6pm.

Clare appeared in Who Do You Think You Are?, Series 8 Episode 3, Delta Goodrem, SBS, first broadcast 27 September 2016.

Clare was commissioned by the ABC as a Guest Presenter for What Keeps Me Awake, episode 1, ‘On Girls and Aussie Rules,' Radio National, 1 October 2016. (Available to download and as podcast)

Clare wins the prestigious Alice Award! The Alice Literary Award is presented to an Australian woman who has made a distinguished, long-term contribution to Australian Literature. Previous winners include Eleanor Dark, Judith Wright, Elizabeth Jolley and Kate Grenville. Read the article from The Examiner. Read the press release here or visit The Alice Literary Awards homepage.

Forgotten Rebels on-screen: The screen rights to The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka have been sold to Ruby Entertainment, producers of the Logie award-winning television mini-series, The Secret River. In collaboration with Clare, Ruby will adapt Forgotten Rebels for an eight-part television drama series. Watch this space!

Upcoming Events

Literary TalkFest with Clementine Ford, Jeff Sparrow, Abdi Aden and Maxine Beneba Clarke, Northcote High School, 3 May 2017 (curator and host)

In conversation with Robert Wainwright, My Bookshop, Armadale, 18 May 2017 (moderator)

Recent Events (2016)

Victorian Women’s Trust, Breakthrough: The Future is Gender Equity, opening keynote, Melbourne Town Hall, 25 November 2016.

Creative Non-Fiction A panel discussion with Ramona Koval and Kate Holden, chaired by Lee Kofman, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Monday 7 November, 6pm.

Perfect Pitch, keynote speaker, workshop presented by to develop public speaking skills for professional women, Melbourne, 26 October 2016.

Mac.Rob Foundation, Hidden Women of History, Public Lecture, Melbourne, 20 October 2016.

Film screening and panel discussion, He Named Me Malala, La Trobe University, 11 October 2016 (chair).

Revising Australian History, Melbourne Writers’ Festival Sunday 4 September 10am. (This session was recorded for broadcast on Radio National's Big Ideas.)

On Feminist Non-Fiction, Feminist Writers Festival, Friday 26 August 2016. Download the full program

Inland: An Invitation to Explore, Bendigo Writers Festival, Saturday 13 August 2016

Glen Eira Storytelling Festival: In Conversation with Magda Szubanski & Leah Kaminsky, Jewish Holocaust Centre, 26 June 2016, 3pm

Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival, Caulfield South 21-23 May 2016

Australian Writers' Week, Beijing, China, 6-21 March 2016

International Women's Day Screening of Utopia Girls Northcote Library, 8 March 2016.

The Pacific, Simon Winchester in conversation with Clare Wright, Adelaide Writers Festival, 28 February 2016.

Anna Clark in conversation with Clare Wright, Readings Carlton 23 February 2016

Kate Grenville in conversation with Clare Wright, Adelaide Writers Festival, 27 February 2016.

Stella Sparks Launch Party, Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood, 9 February 2016