About Lorin

 Me, standing in someone else's kitchen, needing a haircut.

Me, standing in someone else's kitchen, needing a haircut.


Lorin clarke

I am a writer, presenter and director with an arts/law degree and a background in theatre, television and radio. 

My children's book, Our (Last) Trip to the Market, published by Allen & Unwin and illustrated by Mitch Vane, is available here

I co-present a short daily podcast called The Stupidly Small podcast with an excellent idiot called Stew Farrell. More here.

I am a columnist for The Big Issue where I write a very helpful and scientifically important Public Service Announcement twice a month (available here). I  also write a fortnightly column for Crikey in an endeavour to improve the terms of the social contract for the benefit of ordinary citizens.

I write for TV and have script edited a few things, like The Hipster and series one of The Librarians. I have recently been writing children's television including Kuu Kuu Harajuku (Nickelondion), Larry the Wonderpup (for the Seven network), Kitty is Not a Cat (also for Seven) and several others yet to be released. 

I appear regularly on ABC radio, particularly on ABC Melbourne's Conversation Hour. I have also written and am performing in an upcoming radio serial called The Fitzroy Diaries. I used to co-present the daily breakfast radio show the Breakfasters on Melbourne radio station 3RRR and for almost two years prior to that I co-hosted with Alicia Sometimes a weekly show about books, writing and spoken word, called Aural Text. I have worked as a producer and presenter for commercial radio and for Radio National as well. 

I was a judge in the drama category of the 2016 Premier's Literary Awards. I was a judge for the inaugural Just Pretending Hotdesk Residency for emerging women playwrights. I judged the Melbourne International Film Festival's shorts program in 2013. 

In 2017, I wrote the introduction to Tinkering, a book written by my Dad. I have also contributed a chapter to this book and have written three essays for Meanjin (one about theatre, one about the role of law in Australian politics, and one about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which is discussed here on the Conversation Hour on 774 ABC radio). Sometimes I talk about things at the Wheeler Centre (a couple of videos here). In July 2012 I did a critiquing cultures residency at Varuna, The Writers' House and a Hot Desk Fellowship at the Wheeler Centre (supported by the Readings Foundation). 

I write and direct theatre and sometimes direct and script edit other people's comedy shows. While I was at Melbourne University completing my Arts/Law degree, I wrote a play called People Watching, which was awarded second prize in London in the International Student Playscript Competition, judged by playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Another show, For We Are Young and Free (about an intellectually curious Paris Hilton and an Australian girl seeking asylum in Canada) was one of three shows in the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to be nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award. I have taken part in two artists' residencies at Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's Bundanon Property in New South Wales and one residency at Varuna, the Writers' House.

I also wrote and helped edit a coffee table book about the TV show Neighbours. Yes, really.

Also here is Maria Bamford singing a song.