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celebrating 50 years with saxton

gill hicks: from terror to peace

Gill Hicks speaks about the insights she gained from the 2005 London bombing that changed her life at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Known globally as a survivor of the London bombings of 7 July 2005, Dr Gill Hicks MBE has a rare appreciation for simply being alive. There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and equally few who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.

In 2007 Hicks founded the not-for-profit organisation M.A.D. for Peace, a platform that connects people globally and encourages us to think of ‘peace’ as a verb: something that we have an individual responsibility to do every day. In parallel, her work confronting violent extremism through counter narrative and communication is at the forefront of current international thinking. In 2008, she released her hugely successful memoir One Unknown (Magna Large Print Books) to widespread acclaim.

A finalist for 2015 Australian of the Year, Hicks was awarded an MBE for her services to charity and was named Australian of the Year in the UK in 2009. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the London Metropolitan University, in recognition of her work promoting the importance of establishing sustainable peace, and an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, for her services to rehabilitative medicine.


australia speaks
Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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