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Dr Clare Wright ARC Future Fellow, History

Professor Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Clare’s doctoral research was the subject of her debut book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (Melbourne University Publishing, 2003). She won the 2014 Stella Prize for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, a revisionist work of narrative non-fiction based on her postdoctoral research which addresses the little-acknowledged role of women in the Eureka Stockade. As well as winning the Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Waverly Prize for Literature, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka was also shortlisted for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Walkley Awards. The book is currently being adapted for an internationally co-produced television drama series. Her own screenwriting credits include Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote (ABC) and The War That Changed Us (ABC) which was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Factual series. Clare is the writer/presenter of Radio National’s history series/podcast, Shooting the Past and co-host of the La Trobe University podcast Archive Fever. The second book in her Democracy Trilogy, You Daughters of Freedom, about the leadership of Australian women in the local and global suffrage movement, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. Clare is a frequent contributor to public debate, appearing on Q&A, The Drum and The Project and publishing in The Guardian, The Conversation, Meanjin, Griffith Review and daily newspapers. She has acted as a historical advisor to the Victorian Government, the Governor of Victoria and many television production companies. Clare is currently a Principal Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow at La Trobe University.

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