Official Bio

Ruth Clare is the award-winning author of the acclaimed memoir, Enemy (Penguin, 2016) . She is also a TEDx and keynote speaker, copywriter and teacher. Her work has appeared in publications such as Meanjin, Elle, The Good Weekend and Better Reading.

Before becoming a copywriter, Ruth did a degree in biochemistry. She put this education to very poor use by becoming an actor, appearing in Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stiff, as well as in many short films and commercials. You can see her old acting showreel here.

In recent years, Ruth has shared her passion for writing and storytelling at numerous events including the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival, Northcote High’s Literary Talk Fest, and many more. She also teaches people of all ages about the craft of writing.

You can hear Ruth talking about the themes of her book on  Richard Fidler's Conversations  or  ABC 612 or on 774AM on Life Matters among many other publications and radio interviews.

As well as speaking on all aspects of creative and non-fiction writing, Ruth is a passionate advocate for the rights of children, and a speaker on domestic violence and the impact of war on veterans and their families. She has two TEDx talks under her belt as well as keynote addresses for a variety of organisations. She delivered a Grand Round Seminar for the Royal Children's Hospital and has spoken at many White Ribbon events for local councils across Melbourne.

Enemy (published in March 2016) is available as an audiobook, and won the 2017 Asher Literary Award from the Australian Society of Authors.  You can find Teachers’ Notes on Enemy and Book Club suggested questions on this site.

Ruth lives in Melbourne's inner north with her family.

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