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
- 26 April, 8pm, Great Bardfield Historical Society, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 9 May, 8pm, Littlebury Ladies Club, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 10 May, Ognisko Polskie, The Polish Hearth Club, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- Sat 12 May, 5pm, Clapham Book Festival, Omnibus Arts Centre, WW2 panel 'Walls Have Ears' with Simon Berthon and Henry Hemming
- 14 May, 2pm, Wimborne Lit Fest, Dorset, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 16 May, 7-9pm, Saffron Walden Library, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- Sat 19 May, 11am-4pm, Lavenham 1940s fair, 'meet the author' book signing
- Sat 26 May, 11-1pm, Waterstones Bury St Edmunds, 'Meet-the-Author' in-store book signing.
- 29 May, 7pm, Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival, Clapham Library, in conversation with Jacek Dehnel about his fictionalised biography of his grandmother, Lala
- Sunday 3 June, 4pm, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, panel with Henry Hemming.
- 5 June, 6.30pm, University Women's Club, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 14 June, 7.45pm, Borders Book Festival, Melrose, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 17 June, Project Propeller, veteran pilots' reunion, North Weald Airfield
- 21 June, 7.30pm, Bishop Stortford WI, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 22-24 June, Wimpole History Festival (3 events below)
- 22 June, 4.30pm, interviewing Patrick Bishop, Air Force Blue, for #RAF100
- 23 June, 3pm, chairing Peter Snow & Anne Macmillan, War Stories
- 24 June, 12pm, chairing Dan Jones, The Templars
- 26 June, 2pm, Chalke Valley History Festival, Wiltshire, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 29 June, Saffron Walden County High School, Non-fiction Sponsored Write
- 30 June, 12-2pm, Bishop Stortford Waterstones, 'Meet the author' book signing.
- 9 July, 2.30pm, Bishop's Stortford U3A, talk on The Spy Who Loved
- 12 July, Saffron Walden County High School, Reading Awards
- 21 July, 7.30pm, Cover to Cover, Mumbles, Wales, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 22 July, 3pm, Griffin Books, Penarth, Wales, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 27 July, 4.45pm, Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 7 August, The Women Who Flew for Hitler published in paperback by Picador, USA
- 1 Sept, 12-2pm, Waterstones St Albans, 'Meet-the-Author' in-store book signing.
- 1 Sept, 4.15pm, Flamstead Lit Fest, talk on The Women Who Flew For Hitler
- 8 Sept, 4-6pm, Gloucester History Festival - Polish Association of Gloucester, talk on Krystyna Skarbek, The Spy Who Loved
- 10 Sept, 2pm, Enfield U3A, talk tbc
- 11 Sept, 7.30pm, Haverhill WI, talk on The Spy Who Loved
- 13 Sept, 8pm, Wethersfield History Society, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 26 Sept, 2.30pm, Haverhill Blind and Partially Sighted Group, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 4 October, 7pm, Age Unlimited, University Women's Club, London, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 5 October, Henley Literary Festival, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 7 October, Dublin History Festival, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 12 October, 2.30pm, Sherborne Literary Festival, Dorset, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 1 Nov, 8pm, Chevington WI, talk on The Spy Who Loved
- 27 November, 7pm, London History Festival, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 28 November, 7.45pm, Saffron Walden Historical Society, Friends Meeting House, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 5 Feb, 7.30pm, The Sick Children's Trust, Anstey Hall, talk on The Women Who Flew For Hitler
- 4 March, Sawston WI, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 29-31 March, Alderney Literary Festival, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 13 May, Saffron Walden Museum Society, talk on The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 12-16 September 2019, Women at War: The Female Special Agents of SOE London/Paris tour for Historical Trips
- The Women Who Flew for Hitler UK paperback launched at the Imperial War Museum, London
- The Centre for Democracy and Peace Building organised a Northern Ireland tour 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.
- Radio interviews on BBC Cambridge, BBC Essex and Cambridge 105fm.
- Book talks at Topping & Co, Ely, various historical, literary and community societies.
- Clare became an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival.
- 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 included BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme, Women's Hour and numerous regional radio shows. The 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, 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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