events

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.

Please use the contact form to book Clare as a speaker. 

2020

  • 7 April, Opening Stansted Mountfitchet Council Office & Public Library (postponed)
  • 15 April, History Hack Podcast, discussing The Spy Who Loved
  • 8 May, 3pm, BBC MyVLF, Big Book Weekend, Discussing war stories with Michael Morpurgo for VE Day!
  • 8 May, 8.30pm, Sky News, ‘75th anniversary of VE Day’
  • 9 May, 10.30am, Virtual Chiddingstone Castle Lit FestThe Women Who Flew for Hitler interview with Spectator Literary Editor, Sam Leith.
  • 9 May, 2pm, Lambeth Libraries (Clapham, Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham), Polish Heritage Day, Krystyna Skarbek interview via History Hack podcast
  • 21 May, Great Bardfield Meeting House, The Woman Who Saved the Children (postponed)
  • 5 June Lockdown Lit Fest, interview with Paul Blezard
  • 14 June, BBC R4, Last Word, tribute to SOE signals planner Dorothy Wakely
  • 16 June, 6pm, Metropolitan Police Military History SocietyThe Women Who Flew for Hitler (postponed)
  • 10 July, Sky News, live coverage of Dame Vera Lynn’s funeral
  • 22, 23, 27 & 28 July, 5-6pm, Italian virtual book tour to promote La Spia Che Amava, Milan, Venice, Toronto, Verona
  • 25 July, 7pm, Ognisko Polskie website, Krystyna Skarbek, with sculptor Ian Wolter, to mark Ognisko Polskie’s 80th anniversary
  • 15 Sept, British Embassy, Warsaw, virtual panel event on the historic relationship between Britain and Poland with Pawel Machewicz, Przemysław Biskup & Roger Moorhouse.
  • 16 Sept, English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled to Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Graville, The Spy Who Loved
  • 16 Sept, Channel 5 News, & ITV News re Krystyna Skarbek
  • 17 Sept, 3.30pm, Times Radio with Mariella Frostrup re Krystyna Skarbek
  • 17 Sept, 6pm, BBC Radio 4 Six O’Clock News with Duncan Kennedy
  • 17th Sept, 7pm English Heritage Facebook event with Michael Morpurgo re Krystyna Skarbek
  • 17 Sept, 7pm, Ognisko Polskie live event with Rula Lenska re Krystyna Skarbek
  • 26 Oct, 6.45pm, The Reform ClubThe Spy Who Loved
  • 18 Nov, 8pm, Barrington Society, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
  • 19 November, 7pm, The London Library, ‘The Women Who Spied’ with Razia Iqbal & Sonia Purnell

2021

  • 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 Feb, 2pm, Dunstable U3A, The Spy Who Loved
  • 5 March, 7.30pm, Braintree Museum, The Spy Who Loved
  • 10 March, 7.30pm, British Modern Military History SocietyThe Women Who Flew for Hitler
  • 17 April, 3pm, Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
  • 13 May, 8pm, Royston History Society, The Spy Who Loved
  • 27 June, RAF Tempsford, VE Day 75 memorial event, The Spy Who Loved
  • 13 Sept, 2.30pm, Buntingford U3A, The Woman Who Saved the Children
  • 5 Oct, 7.30pm, Horringer & Ickworth WI, The Spy Who Loved
  • 13 Oct, 7.45pm, Much Hadham WI, The Women Who Flew for Hitler
  • 8 Nov, 2pm, Jersey Ladies Literary Lunch Club, The Spy Who Loved tbc
  • 10 Nov, Little Waldingfield History Society, The Spy Who Loved
  • 20/21 Nov, tbc, Lavenham Literary Festival

Clare at the National Army Museum

past news

2020

Book News

  • The Woman Who Saved the Children published in Spain
  • The Spy Who Loved published in Italy

TV, Radio & Podcasts

  • Sky News
    • Tribute to Wing Commander Paul Farnes, DFM
    • 75th Anniversary of VE Day
  • BBC R4, Last Word, tribute to SOE Signals Planner Dorothy Wakely
  • History Hack podcasts on SOE, and The Battle of Britain

Talks

  • BBC Big Book Weekend, virtual lit fest, interview with Michael Morpurgo
  • Lockdown Literary Festival, Paul Blezard interview
  • Estació de França in Barcelona, Theatre Royal Bath, many literature and history festivals, schools etc.

2019

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. 

TV, Radio & Podcasts:

  • 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 Radio, Wales, Cambridgeshire, Essex 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

Talks

  • The House of Lords
  • The Royal Albert Hall
  • The Piłsudski Institute
  • The Theatre Royal Bath
  • Festivals including the Chalke Valley History Festival, and Wimpole History Festival
  • Universities including Newnham College, Cambridge, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
  • Nuthampstead Airfield, and the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Trust
  • A tour of Belfast for For Your Freedom and Ours
  • Many schools and societies. 

2018

  • The Women Who Flew for Hitler UK paperback launched at the Imperial War Museum. Translated into Polish and Finnish; also published in the USA, and as an audiobook.
  • Contributed to the Jewish Lives Project, published by The Jewish Museum, London
  • Broadcast included Sky News, History Hit TV, and Radio 5 Live, many podcasts and regional radio including BBC Ulster, Essex & Cambridge, Cambridge 105, and Newstalk 106 Ireland.
  • An honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival, Clare spoke at this and many 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-French lit fest in Parisot, France.
  • Other talks hosted by 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. 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 cinema 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 TelegraphSpectator 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.

2017

  • The Women Who Flew for Hitler published in UK and USA, 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 ProgrammeWomen’s Hour and numerous regional radio shows. Clare also contributed to David Jason’s Secret Service for More4 TV.
  • 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 delighted to become an Honorary Patron of The Wimpole History Festival.
  • Clare gave a TEDx talk at Stormont, and also 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 a five-day London-Paris SOE tour 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 events at Saffron Screen cinema includded hosting scriptwriter Alex von Tunzelmann after her film Churchill, and author Shrabani Basu after Abdul and Victoria.
  • The Respected and Protected: The Rights of Children exhibition, featuring Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children, The Woman Who Saved the Children, continues at London’s Central Family Court, 42 High Holborn.
  • Clare volunteers as Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School, and for English PEN.

2016

  • 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.
  • As well as leading a five-day London-Paris SOE tour for Historical Trips, Clare gave a talks for the FANY and at a range of literary and historical festivals and events around the country. 
  • In June, Clare joined Writers Against Racism, and 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. 

2015

  • 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

2014

  • 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.

2013

  • 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 Journaland 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.

2012

  • 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. 

2009

  • 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’

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