Costa Angiopolis – Costa Georgiadis is a Greek-Australian landscape architect and television personality. He was born in Sydney, and grew up in North Bondi. It was in his grandfather’s market garden that Georgiadis developed a love of nature. This kooky fun-loving character makes looking after the garden and mother nature in general, quite a pleasant challenge, not a chore! I met him on the Gold Coast at one of his presentations.
The Ecovillage on the Gold Coast, Australia – This housing development, is truly inspiring in its depth of consideration for the environment. The Ecovillage at Currumbin is an international award winning sustainable community located in south-east Queensland, Australia. The 270 acre site is set the hinterland, 7 minutes from the beautiful Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast.
The community is the most awarded estate in Australia with over 33 accolades, including “The World’s Best Environmental Development”
Michael Groome – Michael Groome is an inspirational speaker and inspiring he is! Just read one of his incredible books, which tells of his struggle for survival, while attempting to summit the world’s highest mountain!
Kate Forsythe – ‘Kate is an accomplished female Australian writer and well worth becoming familiar with’.
Like me, she had always wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first novel at age seven, whereas I waited until my grade six primary school teacher set the class the task of penning a ‘book’! Kate has now sold more than a million copies around the world, and she remains humble and grateful to her readers!
Kate has many awards in her ‘achievement kit’ and literary qualifications, which most people could only wish they had the tenacity to achieve.
Even so, Kate is generous of heart and quite prepared to commit her time to helping all female authors who seriously seek publication. She offers people her personal time by offering opportunities to stay in touch with her through multiple social media avenues.
The thing about Kate that I find most compelling, is her preparation to research the history and back-ground of the characters in her books.
My favorite reads include her most recent book, Beauty in Thorns, which is a re-imagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites. Another novel I enjoyed is Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction.
JK Rowling – J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.