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Anneli Knight

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Journalist, Personal Development, Social Commentator

Anneli is an enthusiastic and energetic presenter who is comfortable in the school room and the board room.

She speaks on a variety of topics – from empowering girls and women through financial independence to having the courage to pursue your passions.

Anneli also runs half day and full day workshops teaching workplace teams how to write powerfully and persuasively, and she addresses corporate audiences on how to capture and keep readers’ attention.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne, and grew up between Melbourne and the picturesque Victorian town of Mansfield.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve been a scuba dive master in Honduras and Egypt, an intellectual property lawyer on Collins Street in Melbourne, a researcher for convertible bonds traders in London, a dentist’s assistant in Mt Buller, a staff journalist at Sydney Morning Herald, a university tutor in Sydney, a PhD researcher in Fitzroy Crossing, an oral history interviewer in Alice Springs, and a writers festival board member in Byron Bay.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Common themes in my work include exploring new landscapes, new ideas and new cultures. I always seek to ask difficult or unexpected questions, which I do with sensitivity and empathy. Learning and teaching are passions that echo through my work.

What have been the highlights of your career?

A highlight was leaving Sydney Morning Herald to become a freelance writer. It is so much fun working independently and entrepreneurially, and having the freedom to work when and where (anywhere in the world with internet!) you want to. My favourite work space was in Fitzroy Crossing where I lived in a caravan by the river a few ks out of town. I slept on the caravan roof under a universe of stars for four months, and continued my freelancing and PhD research from a small camp table outside.

Where have your works been published?

I’m published across Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers and online, I’ve written for The Guardian, Conde Naste Traveller, 4X4 Australia magazine, Women’s Weekly, The New Daily. My book Flirting with Finance was published with Fairfax Books, and I contributed to The Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide (Harper Collins).

What are you passionate about?

I live and breathe writing and reading in all its guises. I love being involved in projects that empower girls and women.Being in nature is something that inspires and calms me and I support causes that protect our natural world.

Haven’t I seen you before?

If you go to writers’ festivals you might have seen me interviewing authors at the Byron Writers Festival or the Newcastle Writers Festival.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

It was an incredible privilege working on the Stolen Generation Testimonies Project. You can view the stories here: http://stolengenerationstestimonies.com

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