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Clare is an engaging speaker welcomed by education and community organisations. She’s been a guest at secondary schools, the National Library, the Shrine of Remembrance and local reading groups.

As a prolific writer with a background in learning and academic skills, Clare is an accessible presenter and facilitator for all ages and stages. She can deliver ‘how to’ workshops or discuss topics that move audiences and prompt deep thinking.

You can hire Clare to share a story, boost your creative writing skills or gain historical insights. Get in touch for a conversation about how Clare can add value to your program.

Save the date! March 20th

The Stars in the Night launch event is confirmed: Wednesday March 20th 2019 at Readings Carlton, 6.30pm. All welcome!


The Stars in the Night

Latest review:

Baffled Bear Books : ‘a story of broken lives and enduring love’

‘Rhoden’s style is deeply humanist … If you’re interested in layered world-building, nuanced plotlines, and complex characters, pay attention.’

Aurealis Magazine

‘From its evocative cover, to the very last sentence, The Stars In The Night is one of those stories which stays with you long after the last page is turned.’

Jaffa Reads Too

‘Rhoden has crafted real men with cares and troubles and shame and big hearts.’

Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree

‘This is a beautiful heartfelt story that tells of love and hope amidst the backdrop of World War I.’


‘An intimate exploration of the losses of war and the courage required to start anew.’

Kate Murdoch, author of Stone Circle


The Stars in the Night is available now

Read more reviews here


Read more about Clare’s dystopian sci-fi series 

The Pale (Chronicles of the Pale #1)

Broad Plain Darkening (Chronicles of the Pale #2)

The Ruined Land (Chronicles of the Pale #3)


The Stars in the Night

Clare’s WWI novel, The Stars in the Night, tells the story of Harry Fletcher and his love for Nora, and how the ‘war to end all wars’ affects their lives. Read a sample here.



A heartbreaking depiction of a world at war that left me searching for the tissues…..this story will certainly stay with me for many years to come – Stacy is Reading

The Stars In The Night is an emotional and beautifully written reminder of a war that should never be forgotten – Literary Flits

Touching, effective and illuminating, this is a worthy addition to the number of books relating to the First World War – Northern Reader

This is the smoothest, most unpretentious and laid-bare engaging war story I have read in a long time. Rhoden is a master storyteller, displaying insight, restraint and empathy – Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree

From its evocative cover, to the very last sentence, The Stars In The Night is one of those stories which stays with you long after the last page is turned – Jaffa Reads Too

A well-told, insightful and ultimately uplifting novel – Kate Murdoch, author of Stone Circle  and The Orange Grove

The Chronicles of the Pale trilogy

Inspired by world events such as the refugee crisis and climate change, The Chronicles of the Pale trilogy tells a gripping adventure of life and hope on a ruined landscape, where survivors struggle with beliefs and rules as they share scarce resources with every other living creature on the continent. *Bonus – there are talking wild-dogs!

In The Pale, orphaned Hector is rescued from the Outside by the humachines of the massive post-apocalyptic city. As Hector grows more and more human, the Pale’s citizens begin to distrust him. What will happen as more creatures from the Outside try to get in? Read a sample here.


In the second instalment, Broad Plain Darkening, the wolf-dog canini pack saves Hector and the abandoned human twins. Together they work with the tribesfolk and settlers to survive in a land where the Pale’s humachines control most of the resources. See the full list of characters here.



In the final book of the trilogy, The Ruined Land, Hector may have found a home with the tribes as they search for the baby twins. The Pale is in danger and the Regent sends out an army to bolster their resources and power. Who can survive when the world is collapsing around them? See the full list of characters here.

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