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James
Knight

Best-selling Author, Gifted MC & Interviewer

There is not a single person I can’t learn from.
Profile

James Knight grew up in Gunnedah, in country New South Wales.

During his childhood he swept the stables and cleaned out the dog cages at his father's veterinary practice, but his first 'real job' was as a cadet radio journalist in Dubbo, NSW.

James eventually moved to Sydney where he worked in radio before joining Channel Ten TV as a news/sports reporter who 'fell on his feet' covering numerous Australian cricket tours during the 1990's.

After that, he reported for both Channels Seven and Nine, and he continues to work on freelance television projects.

In 2001, he wrote his first book, about cricketers Brett and Shane Lee. He has since written 12 other non-fiction books, spanning history, travel, and social justice topics, including biographies about refugees.

In 2020, he was long-listed for the prestigious Indie awards, for 'Back On Track', a story about the award-winning rural youth-works program BackTrack and its founder, Bernie Shakeshaft. (2020 Australain Local Hero of the Year).
Current Work:

James has a Master of Education, specialising in Contemporary Literacies, and nowadays devotes significant time working with school-aged children to help them improve their literacy and storytelling skills and to give them the confidence to express themselves.

In 2019 he launched a collaborative project, 'The Global Story Project' with an educator in India to publish a book of writings by secondary school-age children. The boutique book was released in late 2021 and included contributions from 11 countries spread across Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America and Africa. James hopes to grow this project to help give young people across the world the chance to express themselves.

James has gained a reputation as an empathetic storyteller and interviewer who cherishes the beauty of simple pleasures. He is also a dad, husband, marathon runner, and has been hit for one of the longest sixes in history.

Expertise
Talking Points

The Power of Storytelling: Keynote

Stories help define who we are as human beings. James takes us on a journey through stories that reflect who we are and shows the power of connection through stories and storytelling. Presentation can be tailored to specific audiences.

The Power of Storytelling: Workshop

A hands-on workshop in which participants are encouraged to find their own voices and understand the importance of stories in community and the workplace.

Interviewer & Facilitator

Both online and on stage, James is a down-to-earth interviewer who is comfortable listening to and chatting with people from all walks of life, from international athletes and distinguished scientists to politicians and the person on the street.

MC & Event Host

James is a gifted, down-to-earth MC & Event Host. He understands the importance of keeping to time, but with a relaxed, personable manner.
Feedback
A commanding speaker. He has the rare ability to reach every single person in the audience. Peter Overton, National Nine News Presenter

James is a wonderful person who has embraced the light, sound, touch, and smell of each of his worldwide experiences. He has the unique ability to share his amazing stories while also drawing from his audience deep personal reflection and learning.

NSW Rural Doctors Network

James came all the way from Australia to speak to us. It was a night I will never forget. His connection with humanity is a lesson for us all. Thank you, James. Thank you so much.

The Loft Forum, Pune, India

'James combined a superb use of language, without once appearing to refer to any notes, with an almost theatrical style of delivery. He seemed to have everyone in the room mesmerized with his concepts, detail and deep insights into his topic. It was one of the most memorable talks I have attended.

Athenaeum Club

James Knight has a gift for storytelling. Our adult audience laughed...we cried...and we gave a standing ovation. We wanted more.

Invictus Games Fundraiser Event
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