Journalism Claire Scobie’s journalism career began at the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, London. Winner of the prestigious Catherine Pakenham Award, Claire has worked freelance since 1997 for the British and Australian media.
Claire writes for numerous publications including the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, the Observer Magazine, Destinasian and the Australian literary magazine, Meanjin. She was a regular contributor to the Bulletin magazine before its demise, and currently contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Life, Marie Claire Australia and the Qantas inflight magazine, The Australian Way.
Her celebrity profiles range from Deepak Chopra to Darcey Bussell, the Dalai Lama to Eckhart Tolle, Hugh Jackman to Eric Bana.
She has written on Australia’s 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires, the crippling drought in the Murray Darling Basin, on why Aboriginal bones are still stored in British museums, on begging in Bombay and divorce from a child’s perspective. Her investigative stories include Peter Falconio’s unsolved disappearance in the Australian outback and Dr Haneef’s ordeal at the hands of the John Howard government.
Claire is known for her sensitive reporting on difficult issues and a gift to bring out the humanity in her subjects. She also has a reputation as a tenacious researcher who leaves no stone unturned.
Her stories have also appeared in the anthology Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics from ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor (ABC Books) and the Asia Literary Review, vol 3 and 4. She is an active member of Sydney’s PEN, part of the international association of writers.