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Superstar Lionel Ritchie, soulful singer K.D Lang. actor Jackie Weaver and songwriter/ singer Keith Urban are just some of the fascinating interviews featured in Deborah’s successfully published book What I’ve Learnt - an illuminating compilation of 40 of her featured interviews which ran in the Melbourne Age as part of her column and What I’ve Learnt series. The in-depth interviews capture the subject’s thoughts on love, faith, loss, family, fame and mortality amidst a host of quotes and insights about their lives.
Everyone has a story. It’s as simple as that. It’s the art of telling other people’s stories that compelled Deborah to become a journalist. Following a groundbreaking editorship at Monash University’s renowned publication Lot’s Wife where she found herself embroiled in the raw antics of university life and politics, Deborah wrote extensively for a range of local publications finally developing a portfolio diverse enough to see her win a cadetship at the then Murdoch paper The Herald and Weekly Times.
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After many grueling and diverse training sessions where she was sent to report on everything from crime and punishment as a young court and police reporter to a stint on the news desk she scored a prized job as a features writer. Deborah found her passion in the newspapers profile section writing on fashion, music, cinema and literature and profiling a host of national and international celebrities.
She is now also working on her next book in the What I’ve Learnt series What I’ve Learnt Women which features interviews with some of Australia’s brave, beautiful bold woman. From Olympic skier Alissa Camplin-Warner and musician Kate Ceberano to actors Sigrid Thornton and Deborah Lee Furness the book offers readers an intimate insight into these women – fascinating testimonies on love and the heart of change all in the looming light of the #metoo movement, the book will illuminate and engage, hopefully inspiring other young women on their journey.
A few years later she put her skills towards building a boutique publishing house Mastermind Media which serviced some of the countries top companies including Linfox and the Pratt Group writing, designing, producing and publishing some their internal and external publications.
This was followed later by the development of Mind Film and Publishing, which specialises in creating boutique personal books for families and companies. These books feature a host of private interviews and portrait photographs with family members and colleagues, which are then bound in a stunning coffee table book and often given as a gift for family or colleagues. Some of Australia’s pre - eminent, established and immigrant families have commissioned these specialised books as legacy books - treasured keepsakes for family and friends. Sometimes they are given as a surprise!
With her recent book “Standing Up” Deborah drove a mission to interview and document some of the prominent Australian social justice advocates and philanthropists including John Gandel AO, David Gonski AC, Carol Schwartz AM and Vicki Vidor OAM about philanthropy, social justice and the vision for Australia’s future social justice landscape.
Following this she was appointed to work as a Project Development Advisor to the Pratt Foundation, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic organisations developing a range of special projects.
Her love of legacy and creating that vision for families is still a major mission she values, and in light of her experience Deborah has joined forces with the talented photographers at Bliss Creative Jo Larsen and Melinda Kay to create beautiful coffee table books for families that will become testimony to lives well lived and hearts well loved - everybody has a story to tell.
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