A popular public speaker, Clare is a regular at literary and history festivals around the country, has given a TEDx talk at Stormont and spoken at the House of Lords, Royal Albert Hall, British Library, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and Special Forces Club, as well as at many schools and societies. She also contributes regularly to TV and radio.
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- 30 Jan. 8.45pm, Sky News ‘Tonight’ tribute to Wing Cdr Paul Farnes, DFM
- 4 Feb, 1pm, Home Start Royston & South Cambs literary lunch, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 6 Feb, 4.30pm, Millfield History Conference, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 13 Feb, 7.30pm, Bishop Stortford College Festival of Literature, The Spy Who Loved
- 17 Feb, 7pm, Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland The Spy Who Loved
- 18 Feb, 7pm, Mossley Mill, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland, The Spy Who Loved
- 20 Feb, Estació de França, Barcelona, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 5 March, 11am, Theatre Royal Bath, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 5 March, 4pm, Royal High School Bath, The Spy Who Loved
- 7 March, 1.30-4.30pm, Saffron Walden Arts Trust/Saffron Walden Museum, life writing workshop
- 8 March, BBC1, Songs of Praise
- 1 April, Save the Children conference
- 2 April, 12.30pm, Shropshire Supper Club, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 7 April, Opening Stansted Mountfitchet Council Office and Public Library
- 29 April, 7pm, The London Library, ‘The Women Who Spied’ with Sonia Purnell
- 8 May, 11.45am, Chiddingstone Castle Lit Fest, Discussing war stories with Michael Morpurgo for VE Day
- 9 May, 10.30am, Chiddingstone Castle Lit Fest, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 11 May, 2.30pm, Buntingford U3A, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 21 May, Great Bardfield Meeting House, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 5 June, 7.30pm, Braintree Museum, The Spy Who Loved
- 16 June, 6pm, Metropolitan Police Military History Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 25 June, 9am, Saffron Walden County High School, The Great Historical Write!
- 6 July, 1.30pm, Huntingdon & Peterborough Federation of WIs, The Woman Who Saved the Children
- 6 Oct, 7.30pm, Horringer & Ickworth WI, The Spy Who Loved
- 10 Oct, Lavenham Children’s Book Fest, Discussing war stories with Michael Morpurgo
- 14 Oct, 7.45pm, Much Hadham WI, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 26 Oct, 6.45pm, The Reform Club, The Spy Who Loved
- 9 Nov, 2pm, Jersey Ladies Literary Lunch Club, The Spy Who Loved
- 11 Nov, Little Waldingfield History Society, The Spy Who Loved
- 18 Nov, 8pm, Barrington Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 20 Jan, 2.30pm, Melbourne U3A, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 26 Jan, 8pm, Comberton Antiquarian Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 22 Feb, White Waltham Airfield Joystick Club, The Spy Who Loved
- 15 February, 2pm, Dunstable U3A, The Spy Who Loved
- 10 March, 7.30pm, British Modern Military History Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
- 13 May, 8pm, Royston History Society, The Spy Who Loved
The Woman Who Saved the Children:
- Optioned for screen by BBC and theatre playwright Charlotte Bogard Macleod.
- Republished in UK for Save the Children’s centenary.
- Published in Spain.
- Published as a Naxos Audiobook, narrated by Joely Richardson.
- Performed at London’s Roundhouse Theatre with Helena Bonham Carter, Joely Richardson and Sue Perkins.
- BBC1 D-Day 75 with Huw Edwards, Dan Snow, James Holland & Michael Morpurgo
- BBC1 Newsnight with Kirsty Wark
- BBC2 Rise of the Nazis documentary-drama
- BBC World News with Matthew Amroliwala
- BBC Radio 4 PM, with Evan Davis
- BBC Wales, and various regional stations.
- The Spectator Books Podcast with Sam Leith
- Dan Snow’s History Hit
- Better Known with Ivan Wise
- Helen Carr’s Hidden Histories
- The House of Lords
- The Royal Albert Hall
- The Piłsudski Institute
- The Theatre Royal Bath
- The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Trust
- Newnham College Cambridge
- Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
- Nuthampstead Airfield
- A tour of Belfast to For Your Freedom and Ours
- Various literary and history festivals including Chalke Valley History
- Many schools and societies.
Literary and History Festivals
- Including the Chalke Valley History Festival, Wimpole History Festival
- Alderney, Devizes, Wrexham, and Whitstable Literary Festivals
- 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’ 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: 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’