2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Official Guest - Tara Moss

Tara MossThe Henry Lawson Festival Committee would like to welcome Tara Moss as the 2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Official Guest.

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is currently executive producer, co-writer and host of Cyberhate, coming to ABC TV in 2017, examining the phenomenon of online abuse.

Since 1999 she has written 11 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English paranormal series. Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman, was published in 2014 and became a number one national non-fiction bestseller, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design at the Australia Book Design Awards in 2015 with HarperCollins Publishers. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy. Her latest book is Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls. Her next fiction novel is due for release in 2018.

Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and as of 2013 is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, and has visited Australian hospitals, maternity wards and schools as well as Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon in her UNICEF role. Moss has spoken at numerous schools on cyberbullying and online child safety, and in July 2015 was announced as the Norton Family Ambassador on these issues. In 2015 she was announced as Patron of the Full Stop Foundation for Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia and launched the foundation at Parliament House, and in 2016 she was named an ambassador for Our Watch. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.

Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G’s doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. She has hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, ‘Tara Moss Investigates’ on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. In 2014 she was recognised for Outstanding Advocacy for her blog Manus Island: An insider’s report, which helped to break information to the public about the events surrounding the alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre.

Moss also writes about vintage, sewing, craft and body positivity at her vintage-focussed blog VictoryLamour.com.

She is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.

Recent Awards and Accolades:

  • 2012 Australia’s 20 Most Influential Female Voices
  • 2013 Australia’s Most inspiring Women ‘who push boundaries, create change and motivate’
  • 2014 Outstanding Advocacy Award for Manus Island: An insider’s report
  • 2014 Cosmo’s The Women Who Made 2014 Better for The Fictional Woman
  • 2014 Influential Women of 2014, alongside Malala, Laura Bates, Angelina Jolie and more
  • 2014 The Hoopla‘s The Female Eunuch Award for The Fictional Woman
  • 2015 Best Designed Non-Fiction Book Award, for The Fictional Woman designed by Tara Moss and Matt Stanton
  • 2015 Part of the University of Sydney’s Leadership for Good
  • 2015 Edna Ryan Award – ‘Grand Stirrer Award’ for making a feminist difference by speaking out for women and children, for a significant contribution to feminist debate and inciting others to challenge the status quo
  • 2016 Champion of the West award for community service
  • 2017 Order of Lambrick Park, ‘recognizing and honouring Lambrick Park alumni who have made significant contributions or achievements since graduation.’

Photo by Berndt Sellheim