Claire Scobie, Presenter
Dr Claire Scobie is author of The Pagoda Tree, a novel chosen by Good Reading Magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads of 2013.
In 2006 Claire published her first book Last Seen in Lhasa, a compelling travel memoir that won the Dolman Best Travel Book Award. So far, it has been translated into German, Dutch and Korean. She writes for numerous publications including The Daily Telegraph and The Observer Magazine in the UK and is a contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sun-Herald, marie claire and Qantas: The Australian Way Magazine. She’s gone on the trail of rhino poachers in Assam, done heli-fishing in Patagonia and crossed the Tanami Track in Australia.
She started her career as a journalist working for London’s Telegraph Magazine. In 1997, after winning a national award as Best Young Woman Journalist of the Year, Claire went to Tibet in search of a rare red lily. Six more journeys to Tibet followed, resulting in her acclaimed travel memoir Last Seen in Lhasa (Random House) about her friendship with a wandering Tibetan nun.
She teaches writing workshops across Australia, mentors writers and appears at international literary festivals as a speaker and facilitator. In September 2010 she appeared on ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club in ‘On the Road’, a special show dedicated to travel writing.
Claire has taught journalism at Macquarie University in Sydney and been a judge in the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards. Since 2008 she has been a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. She is currently working on two new books, a novel and a second travel memoir, and in 2013 completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts.
Claire blogs at clairescobie.com
Claire's books include:
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