Claire Scobie | Published Writing
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Published Writing

My journalism career began at the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, London, where I was fortunate to work alongside the wonderful Mick Brown who taught me to always ‘take the reader by the hand’. I could have stayed & worked my way up the ladder but my life took a left-turn when I went to India in my mid-twenties. In 1997 I moved to Delhi & worked as a freelance writer for the UK broadsheets following the breadcrumbs from one extraordinary story to another. That year I also won the Catherine Pakenham Award as Best Young Woman Journalist in the UK.

Since then I’ve freelanced for numerous publications including the Telegraph, the Observer Magazine, Marie Claire, Qantas inflight magazine, The Australian Way, Destinasian, Sunday Life and the literary magazine, Meanjin. I was a regular contributor to the Bulletin magazine before its demise, and currently review books for the Sydney Morning Herald.

My celebrity profiles range from Hugh Jackman to Eric Bana, the Dalai Lama to David Gulpilil, Xanana Gusmao to Darcey Bussell and Rachel Ward.

‘Shows sheer journalistic flair’ – UK’s Sunday Telegraph

I’ve 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. My investigative stories include Peter Falconio’s unsolved disappearance in the Australian outback, how companies ruthlessly market products to children and Dr Haneef’s ordeal at the hands of the John Howard government.

My travel articles include a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash in Tibet, exploring indigenous tourism in Australia, heli-fishing in Patagonia, learning how to jalan jalan in Bali & exploring Goa beyond the guidebooks.

I’m known for my sensitive reporting on difficult issues and aim to bring out the humanity in my subjects. I also have a reputation as a tenacious researcher.

My stories have also appeared in the anthology Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics from ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor (ABC Books), the Asia Literary Review, vol 3 and 4, Eclipse of the Spirit & the forthcoming Dear Dalai Lama series.

Clippings

A Literary Journey Through India

Sundowner, 2016

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Change of Heart
Telegraph Magazine, July 2010

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Darcy Bussell’s Next Step
The Observer Magazine, November 2009

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The value of social enterprise

Acuity magazine, August 2015

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The Long Road Home
The Observer Magazine, June 2009

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To Boldly Go
Telegraph Magazine, April 2009

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X-Appeal
Telegraph Magazine, December 2008

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It’s My Divorce, Too
Sunday Life, January 2008

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Doctor’s Dilemma
The Bulletin, January 2008

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Cry Me a River
The Bulletin, August 2007

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Buy Buy Baby
Sunday Life, December 2006

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Children of the Revolution
Sunday Life, June 2006

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The World of Miranda Otto
Sunday Life, June 2005

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Gulpili’s Travels
Sunday Life, April 2004

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Years of Living Dangerously
Sunday Telegraph Magazine, October 2003

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Why Now is Bliss
Sunday Telegraph Magazine, August 2003

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Death on the Lonely Highway
Sunday Telegraph Magazine, February 2002

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Travel

Queensland Calling
DestinAsian, May 2008

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Patagonia Excess
The Bulletin, January 2008

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Seduced by Sea and Sand
The Australian Magazine, December 2007

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Bendarra Island
DestinAsian, June 2007

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Indigenous Tourism
The Bulletin, October 2006

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A Pilgrim’s Trail
The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2006

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