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Robin de Crespigny

Key Points

  • Robin’s book awards include Best Non-Fiction at the Queensland Literary Awards, the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature, the Alex Buzo Prize for Research and Literature, and Ned Kelly Award for Best Non-Fiction.

  • A finalist for The 2012 Walkley Book Award, Robin spearheads public debate on issues for refugees seeking asylum in Australia and is emerging as a leading authority on this hot, contemporary social issue.

  • She has spoken at over 100 events about how her book inspires others, and the issues it raises in media interviews, including ABC Radio National’s Margaret Throsby Show, Paul Barclay’s Big Ideas, Philip Adams Late Night Live and ABC Breakfast TV, and around the country at public forums for clients including the United Nations, leading Australian universities, churches, unions, conferences and others.

  • Robin’s skills and former life experiences, particularly as a filmmaker, director and author have contributed to her success as a compelling, articulate and non-judgmental presenter, allowing people to look within and come to their own conclusions.

  • It impossible not to be moved, motivated and inspired by Robin’s talks, resulting in a change of attitudes about oneself and ones values.

  • She encourages the audience to recognize how we don't need to have had life and death occurrence to learn from Ali¹s experiences of overcoming obstacles, never giving up, learning from our mistakes, letting go of the past, and despite being demonized by others, holding onto honesty, decency, compassion, and belief in ourselves without blame.

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