Speakers Profile - Tara Rae Moss

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Tara Rae Moss is a passionate and inspiring advocate, keynote speaker, bestselling author of 14 books of fiction and non-fiction, and holistic practitioner.

Tara Rae Moss is one of Australia�s most iconic authors. Since 1999 she has written 14 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including advocacy handbook for women and girls Speaking Out, her #1 non-fiction bestselling memoir The Fictional Woman, and the internationally bestselling postwar historical crime novels The War Widow and The Ghosts of Paris featuring feminist PI Billie Walker and her disabled war vet assistant Samuel Baker. Her fifteenth book is due for release in 2025.

An experienced documentary host and interviewer with a passion for research and human stories, Moss hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts � Australia�s Hardest Criminals for two seasons the Crime & Investigation Network and Amazon Prime, Tara Moss Investigates�on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show�Tara in Conversation�on 13th Street Universal. �She was also the host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss on Australia's ABC, examining the phenomenon of online abuse, and most recently a reporter and host of the true crime podcast, The Man in The Balaclava, for Audible.�

�There are few cornerstone authors in Australia�Tara Moss is definitely one, and her heroine Makedde Vanderwall ranks right up there alongside Cliff Hardy and Jack Irish as contemporary Aussie literary icons.� � The Daily Telegraph

Tara Rae�s passion lies with helping others and fueling positive change. She is an outspoken advocate for human rights and the rights of women, children, people living with pain and people with disabilities, and this focus informs all of her work. She has been a UNICEF Australia Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and in 2014 she was recognised for Outstanding Advocacy for her blog Manus Island: An insider�s report, which helped to break information to the public about the alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre. In 2018 she was named one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life, along with Angelina Jolie, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and more.

After many years at the forefront of chronic pain advocacy, in 2023 she recovered from the debilitating pain condition Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), that caused her to experience extreme burning pain rated on the McGill pain scale as above childbirth or amputation of a digit, caused her to rely on a wheelchair for mobility, and from which she was told she would never recover. Now in full remission after living with this illness for nearly 8 years, she feels like a new person.

"Tara Moss never stopped holding on to hope. Despite suffering from an agonising condition dubbed 'the suicide disease', the bestselling author dreamed that one day she would walk again free from agony. And finally, Tara's courage and persistence have been rewarded."
- New Idea

Tara Rae - or Rae, as she is known primarily by her middle name in her healing work - is a mother, a wife and a dual Canadian/Australian citizen, and currently resides in her hometown of Victoria, BC, the unceded territory of the Lkwungen speaking Peoples, where she is a recipient of both the Order of Lambrick Park, and the Honorary Citizen Award, the highest formal honour awarded by the City of Victoria.� She is an author, speaker and certified holistic practitioner, offering work as a Shamanic Practitioner and Sei�kona, Reiki Practitioner, and a Funeral Celebrant her local community.