Dr Meredith Lake
Meredith is an award-winning writer interested in the ways Australians have understood the big questions of faith and meaning, and how that has played out in society and culture.
She studied at Sydney University with some of the leading cultural historians in the country. Her PhD research explored religious ideas of the environment in early colonial Australia.
Since 2009, she has worked in the education and not-for-profit sectors, telling true stories about history, faith and culture. She is currently an Honorary Associate of the Department of History, Sydney University. She tweets at @meredithlake1
Meredith's work on the Bible in Australia includes a guide for students and a path-breaking new history, named 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year. She has also written a major study of faith-based charity since the Great Depression, Faith in Action: HammondCare.
Meredith's innovative essay on religion and colonialism beat an international field to win the 2012 Bruce Mansfield Prize for best article in the Journal of Religious History. Her research also appears in The Conversation and various academic journals.
Speaking and teaching
Meredith is a highly regarded speaker on history, faith and culture. She has appeared on ABC radio and television, various podcasts and community radio stations. Her recent talks include a sold-out session of the Sydney Writers Festival (2017), the ADM Annual Lecture (2018), and keynote addresses at Massey University, Auckland, St Mark's National Theological College, Canberra, and Ridley College, Melbourne.
Sharing her love of history in the classroom, Meredith has taught Australian history at Sydney University, and the history of Christianity at Excelsia and Alphacrucis.
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