Clare Allan-Kamil has been a freelance writer and editor in the publishing arena since the 1970s. Clare was trained in galley reading and proofing at Encounter Literary and Private Eye in London and has worked for several publishing houses including Oxford University Press. As a freelancer, she has worked on copy for food writers, a specialist in Victorian Dolls and a gourmet cook who started the trend for sense-of-place memoir cookery books. Clare has written and performed standup for theatre and business corporations. She co-authored a book about women in small business with Ro Saxon, which was published by Allen & Unwin in 1996.
Clare has written and performed monologues and one-woman plays, both here and in UK: What’s For You Won’t Go Past You, directed by Aphrodite Simopoulos at The Doll Theatre and Theatreworks, A Cupful of Sugar directed by Eilis O’Beirne for Theatreworks as part of The Melbourne Fringe, and Weaving Myself Out of Myself, also for The Fringe. For the past 15 years, Clare has mentored writers and assessed manuscripts. She currently works for a range of UK and Australian writers developing their works and especially loves working as a mentor and assessor for Writers Victoria.
Clare works across all forms of visual, performance scripting and both non-fiction and fiction works. In short story, she likes to work with interconnected collections as well as standalone works, novels and the changing novel form. Her many loves in writer heroes include the lyrical works of June Factor, the chaos and magic of Roald Dahl and the various retellers of folklore tales and reinterpretations of dark tales made for children and scary for adults. Foundation loves include Tim Winton, Tillie Olsen, Raymond Carver, the Gonzo journalists, Canadian lit genius Margaret Atwood, Japanese short story writer Banana Yoshimoto and a whole slew of worldwide Indigenous writers whose voices are only now beginning to rise to their proper place in the book, play, poetry, rap, lyricist and beyond genres. Clare was given a classical education in Literature in all its forms - from Medieval lays to Norse gods and Beowulf to Grendel Grendel, through Middle English, metaphysical poetry, the drug-elevated poets and writers of Romantic and Victorian works, political cliffhangers in the stories of Charles Dickens and the characters in Ray Lawler’s works.
- Theatre scripts and performance writing
- General fiction
- Genre fiction (including crime and speculative)
- Short story
- Memoir (including travel writing)
- Children’s fiction