Maggie Hamilton

Maggie Hamilton

As an author, social researcher and former publisher I write books and for magazines, give frequent talks, and am passionate about social trends - where we're going and why. I’ve held a number of senior roles in publishing and at the ABC and served on the Executive of the Sydney Peace Foundation; as a Member of the Organising Committee for the Federation Australian Women Speak Conference, Office for the Status of Women; and Member of the Organising Committee for the Federation Australian Women’s History Project, Office for the Status of Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. My writing life began with a handful of books for children, then books to feed the soul. I was invited to set up Allen & Unwin’s Inspired Living imprint, publishing over 75 books in the mind, body, spirit, health, wellbeing and psychology fields, loving the fascinating range of people I worked with. With so many new and differing viewpoints available to me, I was inspired to ask bigger questions, to deep dive into research. Three huge bodies of research followed, culminating in What Men Don’t Talk About, What’s Happening to Our Girls? and What’s Happening to Our Boys? each striking a chord with many. I enjoy presenting my research to everyone from mums and dads, to professionals at seminars and conferences. Then came When We Become Strangers, which examines our growing estrangement from ourselves and each other – as seen in our homes and workplaces, our communities, towns and cities. And, most importantly, how we can tackle loneliness. And now What Happens to Our Kids When We Fail to Grow Up? an intimate, compassionate window into those moments in adult life where the vulnerable teenager within (and in others) is still running the show, inspiring us to move on - to do the difficult things, so they become easy, so we (and our kids) learn to be strong. Everything I do comes from an insatiable curiosity about people, about life. I’m passionate about exploring new possibilities and helping create a better tomorrow. My toes still curl at the thought of more travel to out-of-the-way places. I love film and vintage clothing, theatre and dance, and the endless soulful moments that present themselves daily.
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