I’m Claire Scobie, author of Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree, chosen by Good Reading magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads 2013. I’ve lived and worked in the UK, India and now Sydney.
For 10 years I’ve run creative writing workshops across Australia and Asia. I’m a regular presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre, the country’s largest community of online and classroom courses, and a trainer at the Walkley Foundation. I mentor a limited number of writers and am available for hourly Super Sessions to address individual challenges.
I consult companies on how to harness the power of storytelling as a strategic business tool. I’m also a Partner with Anecdote and present Storytelling for Leaders workshops.
As a journalist for 20 years, I’ve written for numerous publications, including London’s Daily Telegraph, Destinasian, The Bulletin, Sunday Life and I contribute to the Sydney Morning Herald. After studying history at Cambridge University, I started my career at the Telegraph Magazine, winning a national award as Best Young Woman Journalist of the Year in 1997.
My travel memoir Last Seen in Lhasa, about my 7 journeys to Tibet & friendship with a wandering Tibetan nun, won the 2007 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. I’ve been a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2008, appeared as a panelist on ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club and I’m a regular guest at international writers’ festivals.
In 2013, I completed a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, so officially I am now Doctor Claire…
I’ve always loved travelling. It’s a gene I inherited from my parents who drove from London to Cape Town in a Land Rover called Stan. It’s such a good story that my Mum and I are working together on a family memoir about it. I’m also working on my next novel and another travel memoir, this time set in India.
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Dr Claire Scobie is the award-winning author of Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree, chosen by Good Reading magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads 2013. She has lived and worked in the UK, India and now Sydney. She writes for numerous publications, including London’s Daily Telegraph, and contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald. Claire advises companies and leaders on how to harness the power of storytelling as a strategic business tool. She runs writing workshops across Australia, retreats in Italy and hosts Abercrombie & Kent’s literary tour to India. In 2013 she completed a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney.