SPEAKERS FOR 2014
CELEBRATING AND SHARING STORIES OF THE RESOURCEFULNESS
OF WOMEN IN THE MODERN WORLD
Kelly Higgins-Devine loves seeking out the extraordinary in the ordinary.
The 2007 ABC Local Radio Broadcaster of the Year, started her ABC career with a stint in News Radio in 1999 and
has achieved a highly accomplished career in local radio. Kelly can be heard on 612 ABC local radio from 1-3pm
weekdays. Earlier this year Kelly hung up her microphones for a short stint to pen a writing project that has been on
'I relish what I do because I'm able to explore the issues of the day with the major players, and then to open up
discussion with an audience that is opinionated, insightful and intelligent
Suzy Wilson is the owner of Riverbend Books and Teahouse in Oxford St, Bulimba. Among a myriad of
accolades, Riverbend Books has won the Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year Award twice. Suzy has
received the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in 'being a catalyst in changing children's lives through literature'.
In 2012 she was appointed as an Ambassador for the National Year of Reading. In this role she worked closely
with local schools and parent groups, running workshops about literacy in the early childhood years. Suzy is the
founder of, and sits on the board of the National Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which aims to improve literacy for
children living in remote Indigenous communities.
Mary-Rose MacColl writes about women, families and life, in a weekly column in the Saturday Qweekend
magazine of The Courier-Mail, and in her novels, the latest of which, ‘In Falling Snow’, tells the largely
unknown story of the extraordinary women doctors who took a hospital to France in World War I.
Rhianna Patrick is a Torres Strait Islander, her family is of the Zagareb tribe on Mer in the eastern islands of the
Torres Strait. Rhianna joined the Speaking Out program after a stint in television where she worked as an
Associate Producer/Researcher for the ABC's Indigenous program, Message Stick. Known to ABC listeners as
the voice of Speaking Out, the ABC's national Indigenous program on Local Radio. A former member of the
Triple J News team, Rhianna hosted the afternoon program earlier this year can be heard on Dig and other
national news and indigenous radio programs.