CLAIRE DUNN is a writer, journalist, educator and barefoot explorer.
Leaving her high-pressured job as an environmental campaigner, her partner and busy city life behind, Claire embarked on a journey of self-discovery and healing while learning wilderness survival skills during a year in the bush.
MY YEAR WITHOUT MATCHES: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild is the story of her journey.
“A brave and adventurous book… Claire’s writing is full of life and profound surprises.” - Anne Deveson
I wish we were sitting around a campfire right now. I'd like to tell you about the sound rain made on my thatched roof, or how outrageously good charred goanna tastes when it's the first food to pass your lips all day. I might share with you the time my hands dripped with blood as I tried to coax a fire out of sticks, or how sometimes the sight of the moon through silent leaves stung me with its beauty. There's lots of stories I'd like to share. Wrap one hand around a mug of tea, another around my book, and let me take you on a journey into the wilds…