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February 01, 2020

Writers Victoria memoir writing course

Find new ways to approach your memoir in this fun and productive course.

In this workshop you will learn

  • the difference between memoir and autobiography and why it matters

  •  how using your memoir as an argument ties your work together

  •  research techniques and approaches to strengthen your writing

  •  how to help readers find context so they can see how your life relates to theirs

  •  the way to bring a marketing angle to your work when pitching to publishers

August 30, 2019

My second TEDx talk!

In this TED x talk I discuss the pain of hiding your true self.

September 02, 2016

My Conversation with Richard Fidler!

You can hear my hour long interview Richard Fidler on the brilliant show, 'Conversations.'

September 17, 2018

Northcote Library author discussion with Kate Mildenhall and Emily Brewin

Kate and Emily and I will be talking all things writing, paths to publication and how long it takes to get those words from your brain onto the page.

August 17, 2018

I'm doing a TEDx Talk!!!

As part of the Lauriston Girls School TED x event, Shaping Our Future, I am doing a TED Talk called "If you don't own your stories they will own you." I love TED talks and am beyond delighted to have been invited to give one of my own. Hope to see you there!

November 10, 2017

I won the Asher Award!!!

Honoured and grateful beyond words to win the Asher Literary Award last night for my book ENEMY.

Congratulations to fellow recipient Libby Hathorn and to other shortlisted authors Leah Kaminsky, J.H. Crone and Kelly Gardiner for their excellent books.

Much of ENEMY relied on interviews with veterans who shared with me the impact war had on their lives, and the lives of those they loved. For their vulnerability, openness and honesty, I would like to express my deepest gratitude.

To be recognised on Remembrance Day with an award for books with an anti-war theme, feels especially meaningful. I thank the judges Joan Beaumont, Barbara Horgan and Tony Maniaty very much for choosing my book, and for giving their time to read all the entries.

Thank you also to Cate Blake and the team from Penguin Books Australia and to my agent Grace Heifetz from Curtis Brown. Also to my wonderful readers Jeanette Fyffe, Anna Henry, Dana Wong (who also loaned me her beautiful dress for the night!), Troy Holland, Tony Wilson, Sarah Oliver, Shane Lazzo and my writing group Magdalena McGuire, Julie Twohig and Elisabeth Hanscombe.

And to my darling husband Matt, for believing in me even when I didn’t.

Thank you also to to the Australian Society of Authors for putting on such a great night! Yay!

December 08, 2017

Seen but not heard – my essay in Meanjin

My essay about the way children are currently overlooked in the current conversation around domestic violence.

May 02, 2016

Read an excerpt of ENEMY in the Good Weekend Magazine

Read the excerpt of ENEMY that appeared in Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age. 

June 17, 2018

A chat with Chris Flynn from The Saturday Paper

A chat over a glass of cider where Chris asks me if I ever thought I might die during my childhood and we discuss some of the pitfalls of memoir writing.

March 12, 2016

ENEMY reviewed in The Weekend Australian

Some highlights from this review include:

 

"...an enormously rewarding and revealing exploration of the effects of war on family life and on the human soul and psyche... emotionally charged and thoroughly engaging book... Clare’s triumph is that despite so much heartache and soul searching, she has managed to process all this pain and to ultimately emerge as a member of a loving family, and also become an excellent author."

February 29, 2016

Elle Magazine (March 2016)

Behind Enemy Lines

Read a piece of memoir based on Enemy, written by me for Elle Magazine.

April 29, 2016

Feature in Morning Bulletin Newspaper

A feature in Rockhampton's local paper. So nice to have five minutes of fame in my home town!

November 21, 2017

Keynote speech for War Widow's Guild AGM

Speaking at the War Widow's Guild christmas function and AGM about my experience of growing up as the child of a Vietnam Veteran.

November 26, 2017

Discussing domestic violence at a White Ribbon Event

Giving a speech and doing a Q and A with someone from Moreland City Council discussing my experience of growing up in a home with domestic violence and my research into this serious problem for our society.

April 25, 2017

ENEMY: a daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam War home

At the Frankston Library at 6pm, I will be talking about ENEMY and the experience of war can impact not just veterans but their families.

April 23, 2017

Speaking as a daughter of a veteran, at ANVAM

At the 12-2 at the  Australian National Veteran Art Museum (ANVAM), Ruth will be discussing her identity as the daughter of a veteran and how one person's experience of war can impact the whole family

September 09, 2016

Did I mention the panel is with Lionel Shriver, Jeremy Gavron and Neil Strauss? OMG!

September 08, 2016

A forty minute discussion about ENEMY with the wonderful Kristina Olsson followed by a Q & A.

September 04, 2016

Child Protection Week Keynote Speech

Responding the the theme 'Children, Families and Domestic Violence- Understanding and Responding in out work,' I discuss where my voice as a child was heard, what I would have liked to have shared, and what would have been helpful as a child.

June 18, 2016

Alongside Courtney Sina Meredith, Alice Pung, and Lee Kofman we discuss the uniquely problematic act of writing about the people we love, and what happens when ‘Where Did I Come From?’ doesn’t have an easy answer.

June 18, 2016

A panel discussion on Emerging at Any Age at the Emerging Writers Festival

Not everyone writing their first book is under 30. Hear me, alongside Sally Abbott, Lorna Hendry, Michelle Wright and Emma Viskic, discussing what it is like to come late to publishing.

June 20, 2016

A conversation about ENEMY, presented by Bloc Club

November 26, 2015

Ruth Wins Legacy Writing Encouragement Award

Ruth was presented the Legacy Writing Encouragement Award at a ceremony at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital for an excerpt from her book, Enemy. The award was part of the Story Writing and Arts Competition (SWAC),  a joint initiative of Victorian ex-service organisations, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

March 07, 2016

Book Talk at Avid Reader in West End, Brisbane

Come and see me give a talk, do a reading and get your book signed at the same time. If you have any questions I would love to hear them.

March 16, 2016

Author talk and book signing at Brunswick St Bookstore

Come and see me do an author talk and read some of my book at the Brunswick St Bookstore in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

April 29, 2016

Join me at the Rockhampton library for an author talk and book signing from 10am-12pm.

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