Patricia Clarke OAM is a Canberra-based writer, editor and journalist. She is the author of eight books on women in nineteenth-century Australia. Several are on women's letters and diaries and three are biographies of women writers. She edited Judith Wright's autobiography, Half a Lifetime, and is editing two books of Judith Wright's correspondence with Judith's daughter, Meredith McKinney.
Patricia Clarke edited the Canberra Historical Journal for 14 years, 1987 -2000. She has been a Councillor of the Canberra & District Historical Society since 1987, Vice-President 1995-97 and President 1997 -1999. She is a member of the Commonwealth Working Party, Australian Dictionary of Biography, a Committee Member, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies and represents the Australian Society of Authors on the National Library of Australia's Fellowship Committee. She was Founding Secretary of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (1995-2001) and a Committee Member, Manning Clark House (2000-02). She is a Fellow of the Australian Federation of Historical Societies (FFAHS).