Portrait of Clare Wright

Clare Wright

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. 

Clare’s most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s, WA Premier’s and Queensland Literary Awards, the NSW Premier’s History Awards and the Victorian Community History Awards. The screen rights to the book have been bought by Ruby Entertainment, producers of The Secret River, for an eight-part television drama series. It's also been published in a Young Adult edition, as We Are The Rebels.

Her essays and journalism have been published in Griffith ReviewMeanjinOverland, the Age, the Guardian, the ConversationCrikey and Women's Agenda. She wrote and presented the ABC TV documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote, and created and co-wrote the ABC TV series The War That Changed Us, which won the 2015 ATOM award for Best Docudrama and was nominated for a Logie in 2015 for Most Outstanding Factual Program.   

Clare is currently an Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University, where she is researching a new history of mining in Australia.  

She lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children and way too many pets.