Clare is a popular public speaker, known for her wit, charm and insightful communication of history and public affairs. Clare has been a keynote speaker, panelist and chair at events including the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australian Republican Movement state conferences, the City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Conversations series, Community Aid Abroad, Sovereign Hill, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia. Clare is a frequent guest speaker at community organisations such as U3A, Rotary, Legacy and local historical societies. One of Clare’s favourite things is speaking to school students, which she does frequently as an Ambassador of the Stella Prize Schools Program. Clare recently had the honour of undertaking a four-city speaking tour of China, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Embassy in Beijing as part of Australian Writers Week.

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Recent Keynotes

“Living the Vida Lola”, Melbourne Free University, History Matters series, Melbourne, 2 March 2017

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

Damned Whores and God’s Police: 40 Years On, University of Technology, Sydney, 23 September 2015

History Teachers’ Association of Victoria Annual Conference, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, 24 July 2015

La Trobe University Graduation Address, Bundoora, 20 May 2015

Reading Matters Youth Literature Annual Conference, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 30 May 2015

Diamond Valley Secondary College, VCE Motivational Dinner, Melbourne, 20 May 2015

Recent Public Lectures

Mac.Rob Foundation, Hidden Women of History, public lecture, Melbourne, 20 October 2016

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, The Life and Times of Lola Montez, public lecture, Ballarat, 19 May 2016

Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture, State Library of Victoria, 21 October 2015

Dame Roma Mitchell Memorial Oration, Law Institute of Victoria, Melbourne, 11 March 2015

Supreme Court of Victoria Twilight Talk (introduction by Chief Justice Marilyn Warren), Melbourne, 24 February 2015

Recent Panels

NSW Creative Non-Fiction Festival, Sydney, 25 March 2017 (Guest of Honour in conversation + 2 panels)

Creative Non-Fiction panel, with Ramona Koval, Kate Holden and Lee Kofman, The Wheeler Centre, 7 November 2016 (panellist)

In conversation with Magda Szubanski and Leah Kaminsky, Holocaust Museum, Melbourne, 26 June 2016 (moderator)

Literary TalkFest with Christos Tsiolkas, Emily Bitto, Steven Carroll and Ruth Clare, Northcote High School, 5 May 2016 (curator and host)

In conversation with Anna Clark, Readings, Carlton, 23 February 2016 (moderator)

State Library of Victoria Staff Development Conference, SLV, Melbourne, 11 February 2015 (panellist)

Melbourne Conversations, Federation Square, Melbourne, 20 April 2015 (curator and chair)

Literary TalkFest, Northcote High School, Melbourne, 7 May 2015 (curator and chair)

Women of Letters, Regal Ballroom, Melbourne, 24 May 2015 (speech)

John Monash and Jewish ANZACS, Jewish Museum of Victoria, 23 July 2015 (panellist)

A Literary L’Chaim, Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival, Glen Eira Town Hall 14 October 2015 (curator and chair)

Suffragette advanced film screening, Nova Cinema, 27 October 2015 (panellist)

The Show of the Year, The Wheeler Centre, Athenaeum Theatre, 9 December 2015 (speech)

Suffragette fundraiser, Nova Cinema, 10 December 2015 (panellist)

Recent Guest Speaker (Public)

Exhibition opening and facilitator, The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art, Castlemaine Art Museum, 19 March 2017 (floor talks by artists Shirley McNamara, Bonhula Yunupingu, Damien Wright)

Square the Ledger launch, Parliament House, Melbourne, 8 March 2017

Book launch, Breaking the Mould: Taking a Hammer to Sexism in Sport by Angela Pippos, MCG, 16 February 2017

White Ribbon Day speaker, Victorian Department of Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Melbourne, 25 November 2016

‘Pitch Perfect’ workshop presented by to develop public speaking skills for professional women, Melbourne, 26 October 2016

‘Ponder and See’ literary tour of Melbourne, panel discussion, A Writing Life, State Library of Australia, 10 September 2016

Victorian Public Sector Commission and Australian and New Zealand School of Government Seminar Series, panel discussion, Fixing the System, Treasury Theatre, 29 April 2016 (panellist)

The Stella Prize, Stella Sparks, The Speigeltent, 9 February 2016

Recent Guest Speaker (University):

“Digging Deeper: what can the history of Australian mining tell us about the Inland?”, Mapping the Inland Symposium, La Trobe University, 14 February 2017

Launch of Making Histories HIS3MHI final projects, guest speaker and judge, 27 October 2016

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

Academic Board discussion panel, ‘What Type of University Do We Want?’, La Trobe University, 14 September 2016

Three Minute Thesis, guest speaker and judge, La Trobe University, 7 September 2016

VC public forum, ‘Academic Freedom in the Age of Social Media’, La Trobe University, 5 August 2016

ECR Research Intensive, Public Engagement panel, Research Education and Development Team, La Trobe University, 15 June 2016.

Other Guest Speaker Appearances

Preston West Primary School, 11 March 2015 (gold rush)

Union Club Sydney, 5 March 2015 (Eureka)

Rotary Club of Brighton, 5 February 2015 (Eureka)

Carey Baptist School, 20 May 2015 (Eureka)

Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, 16 June 2015 (Eureka)

Yarra Valley Grammar School, 4 September 2015 (Eureka)

Northcote High School, 15 October 2015 (gender bias)

Lectures and Keynotes

The Show of The Year 2015 (Clare features at 1:02:00), 9 December 2015

The Life and Times of Lola Montez, Museum of Australian Democracy, May 24, 2016

Clare Wright on Australian History State Library of Victoria, 2015 Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture, 21 October 2015.

Epic Fail: Clare Wright at The Wheeler Center 2014.

Dr Clare Wright on the often forgotten history of the women of Eureka and beyond, M.A.D.E. May 2013.

Forgotten Rebels: The Wheeler Centre, October 2013.


"Must Read Histories" Wheeler Centre, 29 November 2013.

Professional Historians Association History Week Talk ‘No Place For A Woman’ Melbourne Museum, 20 October 2014.

Melbourne Conversations: What is the Future of ANZAC Day?

Melbourne Conversations: Women and Work – Who Pays? Federation Square, 19 September 2013.

Other Panels

Ned Kelly Unearthed, November 2009, State Library of Victoria.

Gender – Does it Matter Nowadays, November 2008, Federation Square, Melbourne

From Friedan to Feministas: What Happened to the Roar?
Melbourne Writers Festival Big Ideas Series, Capitol Theatre, Melbourne, August 2008

City of Melbourne, Future Melbourne Forum: What is Melbourne’s Identity?
University of Melbourne, 13 June 2007

Melbourne Conversations: Gender – Does it Matter Nowadays “Rage-Spotting”
Federation Square, 10 November 2008

Melbourne Writers Festival: The Many Lives of Marvellous Melbourne
Malthouse Theatre, 1 September 2007

MacRobertson Girls High Speech Night, “In Search of the Divine Mother of the Macrob Sisterhood”
Melbourne Town Hall, 27 November 2007

Melbourne Writers Festival: New Voices in History Writing, “Rattling the Bones”
30 August 2003

Symposium in celebration of the work of Greg Dening, “On Being a Performing Historian"
University of Melbourne, 11 December 2008

Australian Republican Movement, Victorian State Conference
Celtic Club, Melbourne 15 July 2006

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