• Meet Meredith

    Dr Meredith Lake

    Meredith is an historian, broadcaster and award-winning writer interested in how Australians understand the big questions of faith and meaning.


    She currently hosts Soul Search on ABC Radio National - a weekly show about the lived experience of religion and spirituality. She has also guest presented ABC TV's Compass.


    She is an Honorary Associate of the Department of History, Sydney University. Her PhD examined religious ideas about the environment in Australian colonial history.


    She tweets at @meredithlake1


    Meredith's cultural history of The Bible in Australia won the Australian History prize at both the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier's History awards. It was also named winner of the Non-Fiction award at the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, the 2019 CHASS Book of the year and 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year.


    Meredith is also the author of a major study of faith-based charity since the Depression, Faith in Action: HammondCare (UNSW Press, 2013). Her 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.


    Meredith is a highly regarded speaker on history, faith and culture. She has appeared at the Sydney Writers Festival, Adelaide Writers Week, and Bendigo Writers festival. Her talks include the Morling lecture (2019), the ADM Annual Lecture (2018), and keynote addresses at several universities and colleges in Australia and New Zealand.


    Sharing her love of history in the classroom, Meredith has also taught Australian history at Sydney University.


    To invite Meredith to speak at your event, institution or community group, please use the form on the home page.