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Words That Inspire: 20 Australian Writers Turned Inspirational Speakers



Embark on a journey through the diverse and captivating world of inspiration with our series spotlighting 20 Australian inspirational speakers from various walks of life. From the thrill-seekers and adventurers who have conquered the world's most challenging terrains to the astute politicians shaping the nation's destiny, and the creative minds who weave stories and melodies, this series showcases the voices that have the power to motivate, uplift, and ignite change. Whether they've soared to great heights, dived into the depths, or navigated the complexities of their fields, these speakers bring a wealth of experiences that transcend their individual realms. Join us as we delve into the stories of 20 remarkable individuals in each category, discovering the wisdom they share and the impact they've made on the world around them.


This is part 3 of a 20-part series

  1. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were adventurers.
  2. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were politicians.
  3. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were writers.
  4. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were TV presenters.
  5. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were movie stars.
  6. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were swimmers.
  7. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were scientists.
  8. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were teachers.
  9. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were surfers.
  10. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were doctors.
  11. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were Olympians.
  12. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were musicians.
  13. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were lawyers.
  14. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were pilots.
  15. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were footballers
  16. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were cricketers.
  17. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were military.
  18. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were farmers.
  19. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were sailors.
  20. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were CEOs.



As we conclude this series, we've had the privilege of exploring the narratives of 20 outstanding Australian inspirational speakers in each category, each a testament to the vast reservoir of talent, resilience, and wisdom within the nation. From the daring adventurers who embraced the unknown to the influential politicians shaping policies and perspectives, the imaginative writers and storytellers who crafted worlds with their words, to the charismatic TV presenters and movie stars who graced our screens, these individuals have left an indelible mark on their respective fields.

We've dived into the world of swimmers who conquered waves, scientists who unraveled mysteries, teachers who shaped minds, surfers who rode the tides, and doctors who mended bodies. We've celebrated the Olympians who exemplified excellence, musicians who struck chords with our souls, lawyers who championed justice, and pilots who soared through the skies. The footballers and cricketers who scored victories on the field, the military figures and farmers who served and cultivated, and the sailors who navigated uncharted waters—all have shared their stories, their triumphs, and the lessons learned along the way.

And finally, we've heard from the CEOs who led with vision, turning companies into success stories. As we conclude, let these stories resonate, serving as beacons of inspiration, reminding us of the power within each individual to create change, overcome challenges, and inspire others to reach new heights. The journey doesn't end here; rather, it continues with the echoes of these speakers' voices, guiding us toward a future full of possibility and promise.



Australia has produced a wealth of literary talent whose words not only grace the pages of books but also resonate as powerful messages of inspiration. Many Australian writers have embraced the role of motivational speakers, bringing their storytelling prowess to the stage and sharing insights that transcend the written word. Here, we present 20 Australian writers who have transitioned seamlessly into the realm of inspirational speaking, captivating audiences with their narratives of wisdom, resilience, and creativity.

  1. Tim Winton:

    • Literary Legacy: Award-winning novelist and environmentalist.
    • Inspirational Focus: Nature, conservation, and the power of storytelling.
  2. Elizabeth Gilbert:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of "Eat, Pray, Love."
    • Inspirational Focus: Creativity, personal growth, and finding one's true path.
  3. David Malouf:

    • Literary Legacy: Celebrated novelist and poet.
    • Inspirational Focus: Artistic expression, cultural identity, and the human experience.
  4. Kate Grenville:

    • Literary Legacy: Acclaimed author of historical fiction.
    • Inspirational Focus: Historical narratives, resilience, and the writing process.
  5. Richard Flanagan:

    • Literary Legacy: Man Booker Prize-winning author.
    • Inspirational Focus: Environmental activism, storytelling, and the power of literature.
  6. Hannah Kent:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of "Burial Rites" and "The Good People."
    • Inspirational Focus: Historical fiction, women's stories, and resilience.
  7. Thomas Keneally:

    • Literary Legacy: Booker Prize-winning author of "Schindler's Ark."
    • Inspirational Focus: Human rights, historical narratives, and the writer's journey.
  8. Christos Tsiolkas:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of "The Slap" and "Barracuda."
    • Inspirational Focus: Cultural diversity, social issues, and the power of literature.
  9. Geraldine Brooks:

    • Literary Legacy: Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
    • Inspirational Focus: Historical fiction, journalism, and the human spirit.
  10. Peter Carey:

    • Literary Legacy: Twice Booker Prize-winning author.
    • Inspirational Focus: Imagination, creativity, and the art of storytelling.
  11. Benjamin Law:

    • Literary Legacy: Author and journalist.
    • Inspirational Focus: LGBTQ+ rights, cultural diversity, and humor in adversity.
  12. Anh Do:

    • Literary Legacy: Comedian, author, and artist.
    • Inspirational Focus: Resilience, humor, and the immigrant experience.
  13. Liane Moriarty:

    • Literary Legacy: Bestselling author of novels like "Big Little Lies."
    • Inspirational Focus: Women's stories, relationships, and the unpredictability of life.
  14. Markus Zusak:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of "The Book Thief."
    • Inspirational Focus: The impact of literature, creativity, and the writing process.
  15. Charlotte Wood:

    • Literary Legacy: Award-winning novelist and essayist.
    • Inspirational Focus: Feminism, resilience, and the art of self-discovery.
  16. Randa Abdel-Fattah:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of young adult novels like "Does My Head Look Big in This?"
    • Inspirational Focus: Youth empowerment, multiculturalism, and social justice.
  17. Tara Moss:

    • Literary Legacy: Crime fiction author and social commentator.
    • Inspirational Focus: Women's rights, advocacy, and the power of voice.
  18. Melina Marchetta:

    • Literary Legacy: Author of young adult novels like "Looking for Alibrandi."
    • Inspirational Focus: Coming-of-age stories, identity, and multiculturalism.
  19. Shaun Tan:

    • Literary Legacy: Illustrator and author of graphic novels.
    • Inspirational Focus: Creativity, visual storytelling, and the power of imagination.
  20. Bruce Pascoe:

    • Literary Legacy: Indigenous writer and historian.
    • Inspirational Focus: Indigenous culture, history, and environmental stewardship.


These 20 Australian writers turned inspirational speakers have seamlessly woven their literary prowess into the fabric of motivational speaking. Through their words, they not only transport audiences into imaginative worlds but also impart valuable lessons about life, resilience, and the enduring power of storytelling. From historical narratives to personal journeys, these speakers continue to inspire and uplift, proving that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, and the spoken word is a force that can shape minds and hearts.


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