• "Everyone here has a story of heartbreak and hope. Everyone’s stories are different but by sharing those stories we have solidarity in that commonality."

    Tracey Spicer at Winter Solstice 2017

Past Speakers and Entertainers

2017 Speakers and Entertainers

Tracey Spicer

Journalist and television presenter Tracey Spicer has a portfolio spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online. Over 25 years she has anchored news, current affairs and lifestyle programs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and is currently an anchor for Sky News. She is also a weekly columnist for Fairfax Media and The Hoopla radio broadcaster.

Tracey Spicer is an ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, Life’s Little Treasures, Karitane and Dying with Dignity. She is also Patron of the NSW Cancer Council and the National Premmie Foundation and face of the Garvan Institute’s research into pancreatic cancer. She has also done extensive documentary work for NGOs in developing countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and India.

Recently Tracey Spicer established Women in Media, a mentoring and networking group backed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

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Joe Williams

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri former professional sportsman who played in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs. In 2009 he changed sports to start professional boxing and was twice WBF World Junior Welterweight champion and won the WBC Asia Continental title.

Joe Williams has battled with bipolar disorder most of his life and attempted suicide in 2012. Since then, he has found a new calling working as a motivational speaker talking about resilience, positive energy and mental health to primary and secondary school aged youth.

Joe Williams was a contributing author to the book Transformation: Turning Tragedy Into Triumph and is also penning his own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within which will be released in 2018. He is also involved in the film documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect.

In 2015 Joe Williams was named Wagga Wagga Citizen of the Year.

To Watch Joe’s Keynote Speech

Jane Burns

Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney and Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service. She is a member of over 10 advisory boards and government working groups including the Vision for Australia Advisory Council, the Department of Communications Online Safety Working Group and the Department of Veteran Affairs Clinical Reference Group. She provides strategic advice to the government, university and social enterprise sector on improving well being.

In 2012 Jane Burns was a Victorian Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. In 2015 Jane Burns won the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence award for Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit.

She has a PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health and Epidemiology) at the University of Adelaide.

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Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist who has four critically acclaimed solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs and an album with band Seeker Lover Keeper.

Holly Throsby has been nominated for four ARIA Awards – including two for Best Female Artist and one for Best Children’s Album. She has toured in Australia and internationally with artists such as Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, Paul Kelly, M. Ward, The Tallest Man On Earth, Devendra Banhart, Mark Kozelek and The Handsome Family.

Holly Throsby’s debut novel, Goodwood, was published in 2016 and she is a panelist at the Sydney Writer’s Festival 2017.

She is a council member for the animal protection institute, Voiceless.

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Liv Cartledge

Liv Cartledge is a singer and songwriter from Beechworth. Although she is only 20 years old, Liv already has a single, ‘You Got Me High’, and an EP about to be released called Timber. She and her father, Sean, regularly used to perform around North East Victoria.

In 2015 Liv Cartledge was named winner of the Telstra Road To Discovery talent program.

In 2014 Liv’s father, Sean, lost his life to suicide. Liv chooses to honour his memory by continuing to perform the music she loves.

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The Northern Folk

The Northern Folk are a band of 11 musicians that hails from Albury. Their sound is a unique blend of brass instruments (saxophone, trumpet, trombone), guitar, clarinet, keyboard and vocals. They have played at several music festivals including Bendigo Blues and Roots, Cool Summer, Yack Folk and Pfeiffer Pfest.

They have an EP, The Northern Folk, and an LP, Stumble On Home.

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David Astle

David Astle is a wordsmith and was the face of the SBS television show Letters and Numbers. He is also a regular on ABC radio and the ABC News Breakfast and creates the crosswords for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

David has been Master of Ceremonies for Winter Solstice since it began in 2013.

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