Clare is a busy public speaker at literary & history festivals, museums, societies, universities and schools. She also contributes regularly to TV and radio.
Please use the contact form to book Clare as a speaker.
news & events
- 29 April, 6-8pm, The House of Lords, The Spy Who Loved
- 1 May 7.30pm, Ellesmere (Eglantyne Jebb's home town), The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 2 May, 1pm, BBC Radio Wales interview about Eglantyne Jebb and the centenary of Save the Children
- 2 May, 7pm, Wrexham Carnival of Words, The Spy Who Loved
- 9 May, Save the Children centenary
- 12 May, 10.30am, Whitstable Lit Fest, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 13 May, Saffron Walden Museum Society, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 14 May, 7.45pm, Barrington Social Club, The Spy Who Loved
- 15 May, 4.30pm, BBC World News feature on Eglantyne Jebb
- 16 May, 7pm, Marlborough Historical Society, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 20 May, Royal Albert Hall, unveiling of Ian Wolter's bronze bust of Eglantyne Jebb by Natasha Kaplinsky
- 22 May, 5pm, Downe House school, Thatcham, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 5 June, BBC D-Day anniversary coverage, Huw Edwards studio guest
- 6 June, Fan Makers Livery Company Summer Dinner, London, after dinner talk
- 10 June, 6pm, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, discussion with Kajal Odedra, Change.org UK
- 11 June, 7.30pm, Nuthampstead Airfield Museum at Barkway Village Hall, The Spy Who Loved
- 13 June, 7.30pm, Ognisko London, The Polish Hearth Club, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 15 June, 2.30pm, Devizes Arts Festival, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 17 June, 2.30pm, Northampton High School, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 23 June, 1.30pm, Wimpole History Festival, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 23 June, Project Propeller
- 27 June, 3.30pm, Chalke Valley History Festival, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 4 July, time tbc, Save the Children Nottingham, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 22 July, Save the Children Oxford, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 2 Sept, 2pm, The Pye Association, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 10 Sept, 8pm, Tilty History Group, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 12 Sept, pm, Secret WW2 Learning Network event at Ognisko Polish Club, with Paul McCue, Krystyna Skarbek and the Polish special agents in France
- 20-24 Sept 2019, The Women of SOE: Female Agents and the French Resistance London/Paris tour for Historical Trips
- 2 Oct, 12pm, Henley Literary Festival, panel session off female special agents with Sonia Purnell & Rick Stroud.
- 10 Oct, 7pm, Cambridge Salvation Army, The Spy Who Loved
- 22 Oct, 10am, Sudbury U3A, The Spy Who Loved
- 4 Nov, 2.30pm, Solar Society, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 12 Nov, 8pm, Balsham WI, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 15 Nov, Colmworth Historical Society, The Woman Who Saved the Children tbc
- 25 Nov, 6.30pm, White Waltham Airfield Joystick Club, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 13 Feb, 7.30pm, Bishop Stortford College Festival of Literature, The Spy Who Loved
- 11 May, 2.30pm, Buntingford U3A, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 5 June, 7.30pm, Braintree Museum, The Spy Who Loved
- 14 Oct, 7.45pm, Much Hadham WI, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 18 Nov, 8pm, Barrington Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 20 Jan, 2.30pm, Melbourne U3A, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- The Woman Who Saved the Children republished for Save the Children's centenary.
- Helena Bonham Carter, Joely Richardson and Sue Perkins star in a play based on The Woman Who Saved the Children, at the Round House Theatre, London.
- Podcasts include The Spectator Books Podcast; Better Known with Ivan Wise; and Dan Snow's History Hit.
- Broadcast includes BBC 1, BBC TV Northern Ireland, BBC Wales and various regional radio.
- Clare gives talks at The House of Lords, Newnham College Cambridge, Piłsudski Institute, Theatre Royal Bath, Hawker Typhoon Preservation Trust, a tour of Belfast to For Your Freedom and Ours, and many schools and societies.
- Literary and History Festivals included Alderney, Wrexham, and Whitstable.
- Interviews with Colette screenwriter Rebecca Lenckiewicz.
- The Women Who Flew for Hitler UK paperback launched at the Imperial War Museum, London. The Women Who Flew for Hitler was also published in paperback in the USA; translated into Polish and Finnish; and published in audio.
- Clare was a contributing author to the Jewish Lives Project, published by The Jewish Museum, London.
- Broadcast this year has included Sky News, History Hit TV, and Radio 5 Live, and many regional radio interviews and podcasts including BBC Ulster, BBC Essex, BBC Cambridge, Cambridge 105 and Newstalk 106 Ireland.
- Clare became an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival, and spoke at this and many other history and literary festivals, including the Chalke Valley History Festival, HistFest London, Gloucester History Festival, London History Festival, and literary festivals at Henley, Clapham, Wimborne, Flamstead, Lambeth, Stoke Newington, Sherborne, the Borders Book Fest in Melrose, Cornwall's Port Eliot Festival, and the Anglo-Frech lit fest in Parisot, France.
- Clare felt honoured to speak at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Battle of Britain Memorial Day, and for a tour of Northern Ireland organised by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building with talks for the Imagine Belfast Festival of Politics and Ideas, The Young Offenders College, Hydebank, The Intelligence Corps Association NI, Orange Lodges in Portadown, Sandy Row and Randalstown, and BBC Ulster.
- Clare has also spoken at The Women's University Club; Nuthampstead Airfield, Save the Children Belfast; Topping & Co, Ely; Ognisko Polskie, the Polish Hearth Club in London; The Art House Crouch End, book shops from Wales to the West End, and various historical, literary and community societies.
- Clare wrote the BBC Radio 4 Reith Lecture quiz 2018, and reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. Among others, she has also blogged for Refugee Action, Safe Passage and Project Propeller, the annual air veterans' reunion.
- Clare continues to support Save the Children and English PEN, and volunteers as the Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School.
- The Women Who Flew for Hitler was published in the UK and USA in hardback and as an audio-book, to excellent reviews in The Times, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, Literary Review, New Statesman, Literary Journal, TLS, The Week, The Oldie and features in the Daily Mail, BBC History magazine, Britain at War magazine and New York Post.
- Radio and TV has included BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme, Women's Hour and numerous regional radio shows. TV highlight was Clare's part in David Jason's Secret Service for More4.
- Podcasts included Dan Snow's 'History Hit', BBC History Magazine 'History Extra', and the Bletchley Park podcast.
- Clare was Chair of the Judges for the Historical Writers Association Non-Fiction Award 2017. The winning book was This Orient Isle by Jerry Brotton.
- Literary and History Festivals included Cheltenham, Althorp, Dublin, Henley, Isle of Wight, Beverley, Milton Keynes, Wimpole, Gloucester, Lavenham and the BBC History Festival in York. Clare was also delighted to become an Honorary Patron of The Wimpole History Festival.
- Clare gave a TEDx talk at Stormont, and spoke for the University Women's Club; Central Family Court; JW3 Jewish Centre; HWA 'History by the River'; Ognisko Polskie - the Polish Club in London; and the Imperial War Museum Duxford for their Battle of Britain day. She also led her tour of SOE sites in London-Paris for Historical Trips.
- In May Clare helped unveil a bronze bust of Krystyna Skarbek by artist Ian Wolter at Ognisko Polskie, the Polish Hearth Club in London.
- Clare continues to host events at Saffron Screen, interviewing scriptwriter Alex von Tunzelmann after a screening of her film Churchill, and author Shrabani Basu after Abdul and Victoria.
- The exhibition Respected and Protected: The Rights of Children, featuring Clare's first book subject, Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children, continues at London's Central Family Court, 42 High Holborn.
- Clare continues to volunteer as the Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School, and for English PEN.
- TV included Clare commenting on Eva Braun's home movies for Channel 5's 'Adolf & Eva: Love & War' http://www.channel5.com/show/adolf-eva-love-war and an appearance on BBC 'Look East' to discuss the unveiling of 4 new blue plaques to honour SOE agents: http://bbc.in/2ggc1SL
- Radio highlight was talking with Gen Sir Graeme Lamb and Matthew Paris about Krystyna Skarbek/Christine Granville for BBC Radio 4, 'Great Lives'.
- Penguin Random House USA published The Spy Who Loved as an audiobook: http://ow.ly/QVE3306E2vU
- As well as leading a tour of SOE sites in London-Paris for Historical Trips, Clare gave a talk for the FANY and spoke at a range of literary and historical festivals and events around the country.
- In June, Clare was proud to join Writers Against Racism, and she supported English PEN's Refugee writing anthology book launch in July.
- In March, Royal Mail honoured Clare's first biographical subject, Eglantyne Jebb, among other British humanitarians in set of stamps.
- Clare contracted as historical consultant for Universal Studios film of The Spy Who Loved
- Clare speaks at The British Library, Liverpool John Moores University, Cambridge University Polish Society, Alderney literary festival, Waterstones Piccadilly, the Aldershot Military History Festival for Special Forces Week, the Harrogate History Festival and the launch of Katy Carr's album Polonia at Ognisko, The Polish Hearth Club.
- Clare interviewed on BBC Radio 2, 'The Arts Show'; NewsTalk Radio Ireland and LiveFM Ireland
- The Spy Who Loved featured in The Wall Street Journal
- Clare writes about female special agents for The Telegraph
- The Spy Who Loved optioned by Universal Studios.
- English Heritage shortlist Krystyna Skarbek to receive a Blue Plaque in London.
- The Spy Who Loved published in China and Hungary, in paperback in the USA, and as a British audiobook. Vogue calls it 'one of the summer's most spell-binding sagas'.
- Then Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, and Polish Ambassador Witold Sobkow, lay flowers with Clare at Krystyna Skarbek/Christine Granville's grave.
- The Folio Society republish Xan Fielding's Hide & Seek with an introduction by Clare.
- Clare interviews Rebecca Lenkiewicz, co-writer of Ida.
- Clare becomes Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School.
- Poland awards Clare the 'Bene Merito' national honour, presented at the Polish Embassy by then Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.
- Clare appears on BBC1 News, ITV News, Channel 5, and the The History Channel.
- The Spy Who Loved published in Poland, and in the USA to excellent reviews in The Wall Street Journal, and by Ben Macintyre in The New York Times.
- The Spy Who Loved ranked by Amazon as a 'Best Book of the Month' for June and July, a 'Favourite Book of Spring', and a 'Best Book of the year So Far'.
- Clare lectures at among other places the National Army Museum and the Imperial War Museum Churchill War Rooms in London, and the Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw.
- The Spy Who Loved published in Britain to excellent reviews in The Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The TLS, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Spectator, The Economist, and The Literary Review among others.
- Clare interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, and 'Women's Hour'.
- Clare lectures at, among other venues and festivals, the Polish Embassy in London, the Special Forces Club, the London Capital Club, the Oxford, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Dartington and Isle of Wight literary festivals, and the the Chalke Valley History Festival.
- The Woman Who Saved the Children published to excellent reviews in the Daily Mail, The TLS and The Sunday Times. The book has won the Daily Mail Biographers' Club prize.
- Then Prime Minister Gordon Brown describes The Woman Who Saved the Children as 'a truly brilliant book'.
- Clare lectures at the Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge and London literature festivals among others, and at events in USA.
- Clare interviewed on BBC Radio 4 'Women's Hour', and BBC Radio 2's 'Good Morning Sunday'
The Wall Street Journal picks The Spy Who Loved among ‘Five Best' spy books
» Five Best: Paddy Hayes - WSJ
'What a fabulous talk!'
His Honour, Judge Robin Tolson QC, Central Family Court London
'Gripping and... highly entertaining. What at treat!'
Siobhan Hamilton-Phillips, University Women's Club
'An enthralling talk which captivated the audience.'
Tim Ward, Librarian of the Prince Consort Library, Aldershot Garrison
Prof Frank McDonough, Liverpool John Moores University
'You had me hanging on every word.'
Gavin Worrell, MD, Military History Tours (at The National Army Museum)
'Truly amazing - really spectacular... brilliant feedback from the audience. Several said it was the best event they have ever been to.'
Helen Fry, The London Jewish Cultural Centre
‘An insightful, inspiring and passionate talk… truly mesmerizing.’
Francis Tay, Woolfson & Tay Bookshop, London
‘Your presentation was fantastic.'
Heidi Gast, Cambridge WordFest
‘Everyone was spellbound.'
Henrietta Nettlefold, London Capital Club
'Brilliant... one of the best speakers I can remember.'
John McAdams, Saffron Walden Rotary Club
'Outstanding contribution to the festival... stimulating chair and sparkling performance as a member of the Female Spies panel.'
Anthea Parker, Isle of Wight Literary Festival
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