About Claire Scobie
For 20 years Claire has worked as a storyteller in different industries. She is the award-winning author of Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree, and Basser Baxter and Goldstein, a company biography of the Kensington Colleges at the University of New South Wales.
She is a regular presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre, the country’s largest community of online and classroom courses, and is a trainer at the Walkley Foundation. In 2013 she completed a Doctorate of Arts at Western Sydney University.
You can work with Claire to harness the power of stories to change minds and lives. You can also join her for a Literary Tour to India and the Jaipur Literarature Festival that Claire hosts with luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent. The next tour is January 2017.
More about Claire’s writing career
After studying history at Cambridge University, Claire worked at the Telegraph Magazine, winning a national award as Best Young Woman Journalist of the Year in 1997. Ten years later her acclaimed travel memoir Last Seen in Lhasa won the Dolman Best Travel Book Award. So far, it has been translated into German, Dutch and Korean.
She has lived and worked in the UK, India and now Sydney. She has written for The Observer, The Bulletin, Sunday Life and contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald, Acuity and UK’s Daily Telegraph.
She has been a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2008, taught journalism at Macquarie University in Sydney and been a judge in the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards.
She has appeared as a panelist on ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club and is a regular guest at international writers’ festivals.
In 2013, her novel, The Pagoda Tree was published and chosen by Good Reading magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads 2013. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as ‘a richly textured tale full of the sights, sounds and smells of India … a novel to be savoured.’ It will be published by Unbound in the UK in June 2017.
Ever since she can remember Claire has combined her love of travel with writing and telling stories. She’s made seven trips to Tibet, 20 (and still counting) to India, done heli-fishing in Patagonia and crossed the Tanami Track in Australia.