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We cannot solve the problems we can’t name. I believe having honest discussions about the things that hurt us as individuals and a society is key to creating change.

I hope that in sharing my story I might make difficult topics like domestic violence, living with a depressed/alcoholic parent, childhood trauma, parenting, PTSD and the trans-generational impact of war, easier to engage with.

I also hope to show that our past doesn’t have to define our future, and that authentic ownership of our stories can generate more genuine connections while allowing us to acknowledge the courage, determination and resilience we all possess.

As a former actor, who appeared in shows such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, as well as many stage shows, short films and commercials, I am completely comfortable (in fact, love!) presenting to an audience.


I have been a TEDx speaker as well as a keynote for Child Protection Week and the War Widows guild. I have also spoken at White Ribbon events in libraries and councils across Melbourne.  My topics include resilience, overcoming adversity, childhood trauma, domestic violence and the impacts of war on veterans and their families.

I am also passionate about the craft of writing and have spoken at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Northcote High Literary Talk fest as well as many more events in schools, bookstores and libraries in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Rockhampton.

“Ruth Clare is a passionate and engaging speaker who is at home on stage presenting to, and engaging with, an audience. A willingness to allow herself to be vulnerable in front of a crowd creates a magnetic atmosphere which keeps people transfixed and, most importantly, wanting more. She is eloquent, dynamic, honest and graceful.”

—Ray Tiernan,

White Ribbon Ambassador

Port Phillip City Council

"Ruth is an engaging and wonderful speaker...  She knows how to tell a story – in a book and onstage."

—Alice Pung, writer

"Ruth is a highly intelligent writer and speaker. She is also very entertaining and had the audience engaged and excited the entire time. She is a versatile speaker too and addressed in a thoughtful manner such sensitive topics as PTSD, child abuse and issues around Australian participation in Vietnam war. She also spoke with a lot of wisdom about the ethics of memoir writing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ruth and could have done it for much longer than just an hour."

—Dr Lee Koffman, Chair of panel at Emerging Writers Festival 2016

To hire Ruth as a speaker contact:

Booked Out

(03) 9824 0177 or

Speaking Out 

(03) 9417 4443

While Ruth’s personal account had a raw emotional impact that affected everyone in the audience, it included nuance and context that moved it beyond the personal to the collective.

Her research into family violence was clear and concise and communicated to the audience some serious facts around the impacts upon children.


Ruth’s professionalism is of the highest standard and we found her open and straightforward when discussing issues of appropriate tone and audience considerations. 


We sincerely appreciate her contribution and participation in Moreland City Council’s White Ribbon Day 2018.

– Bruce Mowson,

City of Port Phillip